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Hello... I'm Carol, popping in from the March '08 PR. My DD Joleen (2.5 yrs) has had incidents of recurring croup - she had croup at least 8 times last year, during flu season. Our pediatrician has referred us to an ENT specialist, to see if there is any anatomical reason for this. Has anyone dealt with this type of problem before? What ended up being the problem? Is it something they can grow out of?
Both of my boys had/have recurring illnesses, but they had/have different reasons.
My oldest had what turned out to be chronic adenoiditis. He was constantly getting sick, and when I say sick, I mean it would last for a couple of weeks at a time, and his temp would reach as high as 106. He had his adenoids taken out at 2.5 years old, and he's been normal ever since. He gets the occasional cold like anyone else, but he's fine.
My youngest catches every little bug under the sun. He has IgG deficiency. His body doesn't fight infection as well as most people. Kids get sick a lot anyway, because they haven't had time to develop immunities like adults have, but his is more than that. He's been running a low grade fever every single day since he was 9-10 months old, and he's had a few life-threatening illnesses that were caught early and treated. We just try to keep things clean and keep him away from kids we KNOW are sick, but otherwise, he's a little boy. He's going to get sick, and there's nothing we can do to prevent it without stealing his childhood and holding his big brother back as well. I'm not willing to do that.