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Chest infection contagious or not? Google isnt clear and forgot to ask DR

beth3735 Avatar
6y, 8m agoPosted 6 years, 8 months ago
Only need to know as 2 yr old has been given anti biotics for chest infection, He suffers ashtma anyways so used to his poor breathing.
But he is due to go to a creche for 2 hours this afternoon, Is it contagious for the other kids? Google seems to give out the Yes and no answer so not any clearer!
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banned#1
I don't know but I hope he gets better soon x x
#2
Heard of a good trick the other day that works to stop the coughing and wheezing. When he sleeps rub vic vapour rub on his feet, works with my missus Ashtma.
#3
Ta, just got to force this Banana medicine in him :) Just ended throwing a spoon full on the kicthen floor fighting with him :)
banned#4
Give the doctor a quick ring :thumbsup:
#5
Adam2050
Heard of a good trick the other day that works to stop the coughing and wheezing. When he sleeps rub vic vapour rub on his feet, works with my missus Ashtma.


never thought of that on his feet, I will try that tonight and put his all in one jammies on so he cant lick his toes :p
banned#6
Adam2050
Heard of a good trick the other day that works to stop the coughing and wheezing. When he sleeps rub vic vapour rub on his feet, works with my missus Ashtma.


I am not sure if the vicks would make my sensitive skin flare up.

I might try it one day x x
#7
Tbh I don't think your creche will want him in with a chest infection and asthma, plus he may react to the antibiotics, usually poorly tummy, phone up your dr's surgery for advice, ask for a call back.
#8
Chinese doctors been using it for years. Feet are very sensitive.
banned#9
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Chest-infection-adult/Pages/Introduction.aspx

It's not contagious as such but "infection can take hold, particularly if your immune system has been weakened by other conditions, or your lungs have been irritated by cigarette smoke."

don't smoke around your child do you? even 3rd hand smoke (smoke stuck to surfaces) can be harmful.
#10
Thanks for the link :)

I think I will keep him home, Good excuse for me not to have to go to my DD school for a bit! :)
banned#11
Adam2050
Chinese doctors been using it for years. Feet are very sensitive.


I might give it a go.

Thanks Adam :thumbsup:
#12
Couple of drops of Olbas Oil on a tissue placed under pillowslip.
#13
lumoruk
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Chest-infection-adult/Pages/Introduction.aspx

It's not contagious as such but "infection can take hold, particularly if your immune system has been weakened by other conditions, or your lungs have been irritated by cigarette smoke."

don't smoke around your child do you? even 3rd hand smoke (smoke stuck to surfaces) can be harmful.


No luckily me nor hubby smoke and we dont visit anyone that does. Maybe his ashtma and the weather change has just made his immune system weak for a while.
banned#14
beth3735
No luckily me nor hubby smoke and we dont visit anyone that does. Maybe his ashtma and the weather change has just made his immune system weak for a while.


Get him wrapped up warm on the sofa x x
#15
My eldest has asthma, and used to get infections all the time, you are best just keeping him home for a few days, let the antibiotics really kick in and let him rest/sleep/
#16
DLM
Get him wrapped up warm on the sofa x x


Wish he would lol He slept so much yesterday as his breathing knackered him out, that he is now trying to sit on my lap with a keyboard!! No peace for the wicked!

I just get spat and spluttered on when he coughs :)
banned#17
beth3735
Wish he would lol He slept so much yesterday as his breathing knackered him out, that he is now trying to sit on my lap with a keyboard!! No peace for the wicked!

I just get spat and spluttered on when he coughs :)


Aw, I hope you don't get it.

Tell him he must rest x x
banned#18
DLM
I don't know but I hope he gets better soon x x


DLM
Give the doctor a quick ring :thumbsup:


classic HUKD advice :roll:
#19
Adam2050
Heard of a good trick the other day that works to stop the coughing and wheezing. When he sleeps rub vic vapour rub on his feet, works with my missus Ashtma.


Asthmatics should NOT use vicks vapour
#20
lumoruk
http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Chest-infection-adult/Pages/Introduction.aspx

It's not contagious as such but "infection can take hold, particularly if your immune system has been weakened by other conditions, or your lungs have been irritated by cigarette smoke."

don't smoke around your child do you? even 3rd hand smoke (smoke stuck to surfaces) can be harmful.


beth3735
No luckily me nor hubby smoke and we dont visit anyone that does. Maybe his ashtma and the weather change has just made his immune system weak for a while.


Ahh well, that's blown his theory out the window.:lol:
banned#21
kelly_o_fanatic
Asthmatics should NOT use vicks vapour


Why?
#22
vinylandtrinkets
my son is Asthmatic and when ever he has had chest infections ( quiet often) our GP always says to keep him home until the coughing stops or the fever comes down, normally only 3 days .
please dont take any offence im not saying your this type of parent , but my son picks up 90% of infections from school from the children whos parents let them go in even when they are ill, ive seen kids being dropped off coughing spluttering and worse in some cases, kid dont always sneeze into a tissue, or cover their mouths when coughing so it just spreads the germ round the entire class.
one little girl in my sons class had been to school all last week with chicken pox, the parents knew and the school didnt notice until PE class when the teacher saw the spots on her body.
like i said please dont take any offence in this


No offence taken :) I fully understand what you are saying as It frustrates me when I see kids full of a stinking cold and still in school. But I also feel some schools are to blame for some of this too with them trying to achieve attendence %. I always keep my girls off school if they have been sick in night, and when they had the Pox.
I will keep him off till Monday when hopefully he can go to his playschool for the morning.

I also didnt realise ashtmatics cant use vicks, I knew he couldnt have Ibruphen.
#23
kelly_o_fanatic
Asthmatics should NOT use vicks vapour


Where did you hear this?

EDIT: Just found the product leaflet - no mention of issues with those with Asthma - you just made it up didn't you?:roll:

http://www.medicines.ie/medicine/14135/PIL/Vicks+Vaporub/
banned#24
beth3735

I also didnt realise ashtmatics cant use vicks, I knew he couldnt have Ibruphen.


Not true, I'm asthmatic, can use vicks and ibuprofen
#25
lumoruk
Not true, I'm asthmatic, can use vicks and ibuprofen


She's right with the Brufen, it is contra-indicated as are all NSAID with Asthmatics.

But the assumption you can't use Vicks is mince.
#26
lumoruk
Not true, I'm asthmatic, can use vicks and ibuprofen


It was what the hospital told me as we were giving him the calpol and ibuprofen mix and He said to give him the normal calpol as the other makes their breathing worse? I just avoid it now with him.
banned#27
moob
She's right with the Brufen, it is contra-indicated as are all NSAID with Asthmatics.

But the assumption you can't use Vicks is mince.


I pop ibuprofens regularly due to rugby injuries, has minimal affect on me. Though the nurses/doctors are always asking am I okay with ibuprofen.

beth3735
It was what the hospital told me as we were giving him the calpol and ibuprofen mix and He said to give him the normal calpol as the other makes their breathing worse? I just avoid it now with him.


Sure, but I wouldn't rule it out in cases of knocks and swelling as long as his breathing is okay. Don't let him grow up thinking he's not allowed it. I had an asthma attack once after eating garlic bread. My brother grew up always stopping people from giving me garlic bread :lol:
banned#28
Asthma UK might be helpful:-

http://www.asthma.org.uk/
#29
DLM
Why?


moob
Where did you hear this?


Told by more than 1 dr and consultant

The smell of vicks vapour can trigger an asthma attack or just worsening of the symptoms.

lumoruk
Not true, I'm asthmatic, can use vicks and ibuprofen


Definitely shouldnt use ibuprofen (or any product with it in). Any dr should tell you this, should also be on the leaflet that comes with any product containing ibuprofen

Everyone is different and some people will tolerate it, but its best not to take the risk when it is known to cause problems for asthmatics.
#30
lumoruk
I pop ibuprofens regularly due to rugby injuries, has minimal affect on me. Though the nurses/doctors are always asking am I okay with ibuprofen.



Sure, but I wouldn't rule it out in cases of knocks and swelling as long as his breathing is okay.


I used to have Asthma when I was younger (cough, while ago now:lol:) - and I had a dodgy back due to martial arts training - used Voltarol for that, which I shouldn't have been given - but again, no problems for me.

It's just a general rule that NSAIDs shouldn't be given to Asthma sufferers.

There's sod all about Vicks mind! :lol:
banned#31
kelly_o_fanatic

Definitely shouldnt use ibuprofen (or any product with it in). Any dr should tell you this, should also be on the leaflet that comes with any product containing ibuprofen

Everyone is different and some people will tolerate it, but its best not to take the risk when it is known to cause problems for asthmatics.


As said doctors/nurses always ask am I okay with it, they don't say DO NOT take it :thumbsup:

though I will tell my GP that you reckon he's talking crap
#32
DLM
Asthma UK might be helpful:-

http://www.asthma.org.uk/


Thanks for the link, i have grown up around it with my Dad and Sister, but never fully understood it. I will have a good read of that :)
#33
moob
Where did you hear this?

EDIT: Just found the product leaflet - no mention of issues with those with Asthma - you just made it up didn't you?:roll:

http://www.medicines.ie/medicine/14135/PIL/Vicks+Vaporub/


Maybe its just because my asthma is so severe (At 1 time I was only person in england on a medicine shipped over from america every 2 weeks because it wasnt licensed over here, had to stop it because I was allergic though, oh and it is licensed over here now)

Certainly did not make it up though, just wouldnt take the risk if you can avoid something that may make him worse, especially as his breathing is already comprimised.

Could always go to the chemist to get it and ask the pharmacist to check if its ok
banned#34
beth3735
Thanks for the link, i have grown up around it with my Dad and Sister, but never fully understood it. I will have a good read of that :)


The doctor thinks I don't suffer from asthma anymore.

I am doing breathing measurements at the moment.

He just thinks I suffer with a bit of anxiety.
#35
kelly_o_fanatic
Told by more than 1 dr and consultant

The smell of vicks vapour can trigger an asthma attack or just worsening of the symptoms.


Perhaps they were addressing the case you put to them specifically, 'cause there's nothing on the product label - which is a legal requirement - regarding caution of use for Asthmatics.

When I had Asthma, I used it and found a benefit from it.
#36
lumoruk
As said doctors/nurses always ask am I okay with it, they don't say DO NOT take it :thumbsup:

though I will tell my GP that you reckon he's talking crap


If you've taken it in the past then obviously you are ok with it, but as a general rule it shouldnt be given to asthmatics.
#37
DLM
The doctor thinks I don't suffer from asthma anymore.

I am doing breathing measurements at the moment.

He just thinks I suffer with a bit of anxiety.


Can depend on your age - I 'grew out of it' at 18. Was on holiday and forgot my inhalers - found out that way that I didn't really need them.

My peak-flow readings were nearly off the chart.:)
banned#38
moob
Can depend on your age - I 'grew out of it' at 18. Was on holiday and forgot my inhalers - found out that way that I didn't really need them.

My peak-flow readings were nearly off the chart.:)


I am bored of peak flowing I have been doing it for a month twice a day.

I only take my inhaler occasionally and avoid all the triggers.

Glad your asthma has disappeared :thumbsup:
banned#39
moob
My peak-flow readings were nearly off the chart.:)


My max was 700, 710 is top of the chart on mine. My lowest was 450 but that was when I was living with my Mum (heavy smoker) and with cats, of which I'm allergic.
#40
DLM;8127773
Get him wrapped up warm on the sofa x x


No sorry, not good advice for children. Children who are unwell often develop a temperature. Wrapping them up can make it go higher, resulting in more drowsiness. Just let them be as active as they feel and keep them cool, light clothing etc

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