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Old Jun 16th, 2018, 03:26 AM   1
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How long did the inevitable 'nursery illness' last for your child?


Basically what the title says. My girl is nearly 4 and started in a childcare setting two days a week since February. She has been ill basically ever since, aside from one week (half term) where she was healthy. I used to think she must have a really good immune system as up until this point she has had no more than 1-2 colds a year, but since starting, she has had constant coughs, colds and fevers.

About a month ago, it got so bad that she woke up and couldn't speak properly - her words were slurred and she was forgetting the right words for everyday objects, unable to form a proper sentence etc. I spoke to our local SALT helpline who reassured me it was likely due to feeling rubbish, but we still ended up being referred to the paediatric team in Bath who checked for encephalitis and other neurological causes. Luckily, it didn't turn out to be anything like that, and her speech is back to normal now, but the illness continues.

She now has an awful chesty cough and a blocked nose - her mouth is constantly filling up with saliva as she presumably can't breathe through her nose or swallow comfortably, and she just sounds awful, despite being generally happy in herself.

How long is this going to last? I'm beginning to think there is something worse wrong with her now (thanks, anxiety).



 
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Old Jun 16th, 2018, 17:23 PM   2
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Lol, well thanks everyone, very enlightening!



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2018, 01:16 AM   3
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DD started 2 days a week in january at 10 months old. Around February time she seemed to have 2 or 3 colds in a row but apart from that she's had maybe one or two a month. Not so much now it's warmer. She's currently got a snotty nose but mostly ok in herself. did she interact with other children much before? E.g playgroups etc, it might be that she didn't have many colds because she wasn't exposed.
EDIT TO ADD: Has she had all her back teeth through? DD sounds chesty when teething but it's the excess saliva in her throat irritating her (and sounding generally gross when she coughs) her chest is always clear when I listen with a stethoscope



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2018, 02:21 AM   4
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I'd say it calmed down alot after 6 months but the first year was pretty much full of colds coughs fevers etc here. My daughter started nursery at 2.5 years old (she did a stint at nursery at 9 months old but didn't settle so we withdrew her after 5/6 weeks and my mum had her instead).



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2018, 02:29 AM   5
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DD started 2 days a week in january at 10 months old. Around February time she seemed to have 2 or 3 colds in a row but apart from that she's had maybe one or two a month. Not so much now it's warmer. She's currently got a snotty nose but mostly ok in herself. did she interact with other children much before? E.g playgroups etc, it might be that she didn't have many colds because she wasn't exposed.
EDIT TO ADD: Has she had all her back teeth through? DD sounds chesty when teething but it's the excess saliva in her throat irritating her (and sounding generally gross when she coughs) her chest is always clear when I listen with a stethoscope
Hi,

No, not too much consistent interaction. Lol, that makes me sound awful but she's very outgoing and interactive so she's done just fine and loves nursery and has a best friend there now. I do think that's probably why, and it's to be expected, but she just cannot catch any sort of break! She's already had a bout of adenoiditis from the constant infection, and also has some mild allergies I suspect, so she's just a mess!

She had all her teeth by 24 months, but I know what you mean as my baby is currently getting her first molars.



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2018, 02:32 AM   6
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I'd say it calmed down alot after 6 months but the first year was pretty much full of colds coughs fevers etc here. My daughter started nursery at 2.5 years old (she did a stint at nursery at 9 months old but didn't settle so we withdrew her after 5/6 weeks and my mum had her instead).
Thanks, that's reassuring. I was betting on about 2-3 months of illness but looks like we may be in it for a bit longer. I can cope with that, as long as it goes away before she starts school. We are trying to defer until next year anyway, so plenty of time to build up her immune system, assuming they agree.



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2018, 03:11 AM   7
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My daughter has been in a nursery setting for 2.5 years and still gets constant colds, she often gets temps up to 41C with a cold so misses a lot of nursery because of it but she's completely healthy and never catches sick bugs when either myself or my eldest had one, it's just the damn colds. My son got a lot in nursery too but it seemed to calm down a lot once he went into primary school. Sorry to say it could potentially last a while longer yet!



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2018, 05:27 AM   8
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Thank you, I'm glad it's not just my child tbh! She has never had a sickness bug. Never vomited or had diarrhoea. I had a crappy chest as a child, which turned into asthma which I eventually outgrew, so I think I'm sort of expecting her to take after me. She has eczema, as did I, but I also outgrew that, so I'm sure she'll be ok eventually lol.



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2018, 06:07 AM   9
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The first year was on and off colds. Now he gets sick frequently through winter and misses a lot due to fevers and vomiting.

We're changing him to a preschool in August so I'm hoping it's not a new round of bugs.



 
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Old Jun 17th, 2018, 15:46 PM   10
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My daughter started last August and hasn't had a month since where she hasn't been ill. Between coughs, colds, ear infections and tonsillitis she's been off more than she's been there. My son has severe asthma and been hospitalised quite a bit so paediatrician has advised to delay his start at nursery for a year to give him a chance to develop his immune system a bit more.



 
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