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Two weeks ago my daughter was dx'd with pneumonia - the doc thought they heard some crackling in her lungs and did a chest x-ray to confirm it. Fast forward two weeks the pneumonia is worse (despite abx) - the doctor ordered a repeat xray. The original xray showed a pleural effusion - I'll have the results of the repeat tomorrow but the doctor said her lungs sounded much worse. My daughter is up all night with a horrible cough (we cosleep) - the doc prescribed more abx but I'm wondering if there is something else I can do to help besides just throwing more abx at her (initially she had rocephin and amox. now it is zithromax). I admit I am not the most knowledgeable when it comes to non-traditional remedies so I was hoping that someone here might be able to provide me with some guidance on this matter. I was led to believe by the ER docs that the Rocephin was a sure fire thing with regards to pneumonia.<br><br>
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Coming at this from the other side-my DD had undiagnosed pneumonia for at least 1 and possibly 3 months, and the abx were wonder drugs for us. I certainly don't approve of their overuse, but in this case...<br><br>
She coughed for 3 months, and I hate to tell you this, but nothing worked, and we tried it all. They may be having trouble because this is a drug-resistant strain. I know it feels awful to keep switching abx.<br><br>
In the meantime, support her disgestive system with probiotics for sure.
 

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Is she vaccinated and did she have the pneumococcal vaccine?<br><br>
I would make sure she has probiotics to start replacing some of the beneficial bacteria in the gut.<br><br>
And I would use lots of sodium ascorbate powder to help heal her.<br><br><a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showpost.php?p=7116703&postcount=2" target="_blank"><b>Here</b></a> is where I get it and how to use it.
 

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Thank you both for your replies. I agree that there is a time and a place for abx and this might just be that time/place. I think I just put too much faith in what the ER docs said about the Rocephin. She's been on a probiotic for the last two weeks and we'll definitely continue that (my nephew had clostridium difficile as a 2 year old because of abx). She is on a partial/delayed vax schedule but she has had the pneumococcal vaccination.<br><br>
Thanks again - she's slept for about 20 minutes without a coughing fit so maybe we're turning the corner. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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