Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Another Episode of Bronchitis

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Sad to say my little boy Ivan was hospitalized for the third time due to "acute bronchitis".

The very first time, he was only 10 weeks old, just almost newly-born and my heart ached a lot seeing him with IV on his foot.  I was crying all the time because hubby is also not with us as he is working overseas.

The second hospitalization was when he was 4 months and the same diagnosis.

Just yesterday we were discharged on a 4-day stint at the hospital.  Come Saturday morning he was having severe and continuous coughing and he told me he wanted to see "lolo Regal", he meant his pediatrician Dr. Herminio Regal of Calamba Medical Center.  

When its our turn for the medical check-up, his pedia readily told me I don't like the sound of his coughing and after a through checking I was told he needs confinement.  Without need for another doctor's opinion whatever, we went back home to get our things and seek hospital admission.

There was a long wait at the hospital emergency room, as it was full of patients mostly dengue cases. It took us three (3) hours waiting time to have our ward room.  Private rooms are not even available so we settled for the ward.

still joyous after finger prick

Ivan cried for a while when the nurse put IV on him but he readily settled, though I knew he was sad because his movement then become limited.

What is Bronchitis?

What I searched on the web. Bronchitis is inflammation of the main air passages to the lungs.  Bronchitis may be short-lived (acute) or chronic meaning that it lasts a long time and often recurs.  In the case of my son, he was diagnosed with "acute bronchitis", the very same disease condition from years back.

Acute bronchitis generally follows a viral respiratory infection. This means that bacteria infect the airways in addition to the virus.  

People at-risk for acute bronchitis include: the elderly, infants, and young children; persons with heart or lung disease; smokers

Prognosis: For acute bronchitis, symptoms usually go away within 7 to 10 days if you do not have an underlying lung disorder.  However, a dry hacking cough can linger for a number of months.

Complications:  Pneumonia can develop from either acute or chronic bronchitis.  If you have chronic bronchitis, you are more likely to develop recurrent respiratory infections.

I am glad my son's condition improved within a few days. During the hospital stay, he consumed 2 bags of IV, was on routine nebulization and antibiotics. On the 4th day, we were given notice of discharge by his pediatrician.  Ivan was so happy knowing we can already go home.  He told me he misses his cousins.  Also he needs to go back to school ASAP because his teacher might be looking for her.

Today I decided not to let him go back to school yet as he may still needs some rest.  I called up their school administrator to inform them why he was absent and gosh! I was told tomorrow is the first day of their first periodical examination.  I may need to start reviewing him for his lessons.

He was still on continuous medication and we're going to have a follow-up check-up in a week time.  Hopefully he will soon fully recover, it hurts mommygiay when her little boy is sick.

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  1. i am not sure how i'd take it if this happens to my little man! if only we can take their illnesses away, right? :(

    i hope you get well soon, Ivan!

  2. i hope your son is okay now... i personally know how hard it is to have your child admitted in a hospital. Yahweh bless.

  3. Here's something that could help: use the juice of kalabo aka indian borrage (some people here call it oregano, although it's not really oregano that we use in cooking).

    Extract that juice and mix it with carrot and pineapple juice. It really helped my son, who when he was a very young child had big respiratory problems and was on steroids.

    1. thanks for sharing! usually initial episodes of his cough I give him extracts from "oregano" leaves but there are times the condition was still triggered. As per his pediatrician, blame also the weather.