Dear sir
my son 2.6 yr is having cough frm past 25 days.he has taken course of cefoprox 59 mg, den dr gav him azitthromylin and ascoril, now he is being trated with toxim and still I cant see much improvement. Plz help wht should I he will b week if he takes so many antibiotics. Ur help is needed.dr advised chest is clear and its chronic infection.

Dear sim,

Thank you for your question. I can understand your frustration at not finding relief despite so many changes of medication, and I fully agree with your premise that too many antibiotics can create a problem with children.

I suggest that you change the doctor and approach a pediatrician who is willing to get your child properly investigated (or go to the same one but ask him to do the tests): a blood count, an X-ray of the chest and a test to screen for TB are a must to start with. Also, consider asking the doctor if a test for whooping cough is indicated (in spite of the fact that your son is probably fully vaccinated against this illness).

Get back to me once those results are in. If you wish, you can approach me on Facebook (drtaher) and share the X ray image as well.

Let's take it further from there.

Dr. Taher

P.S. Stop all antibiotics. Continue only Zedex till the results come in.


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I come from India, and have been practising since 29 years. I am specially interested in infections, asthma, newborn care and parenting. I have authored a book on Parenting.It is called "Child Care: From Birth to Eighteen". The e-book is now available on
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Qualified Pediatrician practising since 29 years.
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Indian Academy of Pediatrics, life member. Mumbai Branch of the I.A.P., life member. Genetics Chapter of the I.A.P.

Indian Pediatrics, Indian Journal of Pediatrics, Toxicology Abstracts.

M.D., M.R.C.P.C.H. (U.K.), Ph. D. (U.S.A.) D.C.H.

Awards and Honors
Gold Medallist in D.C.H., April, 1985
Highest aggregate marks in University of Mumbai, for M.D. ( Pediatrics ), October 1986.
Passed out with distinction from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, U.K. in 2015.

Past/Present Clients
1. Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (K.E.M. Hospital) 2. Private consulting practice. Worked as the Asst. Paediatrician and DNB Teacher at Masina Hospital. Also visiting Saifee Hospital, Mumbai. 3. Ministry of Health in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a Specialist Paediatrician. 4. Now with the NHS, UK as a Specialist Paediatric Registrar at Blackpool, Lancashire, UK.

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