He’s sick again!

When toddlers fall sick, it’s important to feed them nourishing foods and increase their liquid intake. Here’s my experience with my 2 year old toddler who had croup:

1. Runny nose

On Wednesday, the runny nose started so I quickly gave him Polaramine syrup.

2. A Nasty cough

On Thursday, the nasty cough showed up (lots of thick phlegm that brings out his food in 1-2 coughs) so I dosed him with Rhinathiol (carbocisteine & promethazine) and Ventolin syrup (salbutamol).

Both of us had diarrhea, which I think was due to the take-out food I ordered i.e. rice, hot pot tofu and sweet and sour fish.

He REFUSED the Smecta (3g x 30 sachets), which was the pediatrician had advised me to give according to this dosage:


Dosage: *Treatment of acute diarrhoea:
-In infants and children:
– up to 1 year: 2 packets a day for 3 days, then 1 packet a day.
– 1 year and older: 4 packets a day for 3 days, then 2 packets a day.


He also didn’t like the oral re-hydrating salts, which also has an ORANGE flavor. Thankfully, he’ll drink his water and the hot barley I boiled.

Lunch and dinner

I’m too tired to cook our 3-dish regular meals but I fixed a simple congee with potato and broccoli for him with pork bones broth or soup. He loves his Chinese-style bone broth!

3. Diarrhea again (and vomiting)!

On Friday, he wanted milk but of course he had diarrhea (dairy product) again that I told him he can’t take milk. I also forced him to take 1 pack of Smecta, which he agreed.

He refused the oral re-hydrating salts and I worried that he’s losing so much fluids that I made him the AMWAY Protein Drink (berry flavor).

Poor boy! He vomited out the protein drink too 🙁

4. Cocktail of Drugs

On Saturday, he was still coughing badly and vomiting his food out that I decided to try Actifed expectorant (tripolidine HCl, Pseudoephedrine HCl and Guaiphenesin) instead of the Rhinathiol and Ventolin syrup.

I also gave him 5 mg of Promethazine, which is recommended for “allergic reactions, nausea and vomiting”.

Breakfast and Lunch

Today, he’s slightly better and took in a bowl of potato congee I made with the pork bones soup.

I also gave him some soy milk we bought from the fresh market this morning. Poor guy – he liked it so much, he wanted more but right after bottom’s up, his cough brought it all out again!

His fever is not that high that I didn’t give him paracetamol today. I think he’s been drugged enough already…

After reading ALL the medicine leaflets again, I think the combination of 5 mg Promethazine and Actifed made him drowsy yet he can’t take a proper nap.

He’ll doze off and then wake up again crying for “Mummy”. He dozed in and out of lunch that he missed the afternoon dose.


For dinner, I’m going to make a plain potato and sweet potato congee again with bone broth coz the overnight one tastes horrible!

I’m also going to give him the usual Rhinathiol + Ventolin syrup.

Seasons change…

With ANOTHER post like that, I’m seriously puzzled as to whether it’s the the travel, China, the season or a toddler’s life?

Can you believe that we spent a whole month in Malaysia yet the little fella was fine?

We’d actually stopped over in KL a few days before flying back to China to break the journey home and let him rest a bit but now, he’s down with a flu, cough and diarrhea!

Granted that
a) his cousins were coughing, coughing and coughing WITH runny noses and
b) it rained almost everyday during Chinese New Year, so I was hoping that he’d escape it esp as I ensured that he ate his regular meals, fruits and he took his vitamin C and multivitamin supplements (and he wasn’t a fan of CNY stuff anyway other than homemade cake and orange juice)…

I just feel so MAD somehow now that he’s sick although I’m not sure WHAT or WHO I’m mad with.

Guess it’s frustrating to see our happy and plump toddler (with all the delicious Malaysian food) all drained, tired and skinny again SIGH SIGH SIGH

I suspect he has the croup again, only this time with a fever.

How is he?

Overall, he’s OK but he’s quite weak. He can still be as stubborn as a mule when it comes to the meds resorting to delaying tactics like drink water, rest first, rest one time and etc esp when some of the meds is not nice.

Of all the meds, the Ventolin syrup tastes the best, Panadol (paracetamol) is OK and Rhinathiol is OK. Actifed and the 5 mg Promethazine are definitely NOT NICE.

If he doesn’t improve tomorrow, I’m gonna bug Hubby to take him to an English-speaking doctor – I hear an English-speaking doctor charges US$100 per session!!!

How am I?

Dosing myself with Echinacea Root Liquid Extractand vitamin C every day, I’m holding up well.

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Tired of
– changing sheets, cushion covers, nappies,
– wiping up vomit on the carpet,
– washing butt and
– changing undershirt/sweater/disposable diaper/pants and socks though!

I’ve been sneezing all morning that Hubby suspects I’m catching a cold too. He let me sleep this afternoon, thankfully.

I’m really glad that a new cleaner I found from Hunan is coming tomorrow morning. Keeping my fingers crossed that she’s really as good as she claims.


1. I’d mentioned the croup to his paed when he got his chicken pox vaccine and she warned me that it could strike again, sometimes with a fever. She’d advised me to give him the usual meds.
2. Stocking up on meds in KL, 2 pharmacists recommended me Clarityne, Actifed and Clarinase. I’ve taken Clarinase when I was pregnant to ease my blocked nose so I’m familiar with its efficacy.

Costing RM26/60 ml, I bought a bottle because it’s good for flu and coughs minus the drowsy effect, which means kids can take it and still attend school.

However, Clarityne and Actifed are both NEW medicines to me. Anyone tried them before? Let me know your experiences, please?

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Sigh…your child will sleep soundly through the night and wake up feeling GREAT ^_^

Do comment below about your experiences ^_^

7 comments… add one
  • Hi Kitty! I so feel for you!

    My son just went through a bout of coughing-till-he-throws-up, last October. There was a virus going around that caused the coughing, so there wasn’t anything we could do. Not sure what it’s like in China, but I’ll just put everything down that seemed to help!

    He was very very congested, and adding a humidifier helped (it was very dry here). He also has inhalers for the cough, to help stop the cough reflex. I also slept with him at night, and held him up at an angle so he wasn’t laying flat.

    For over-the-counter meds, we had Mucinex for the coughing & to thin out the mucus, and Benadryl.

    I hope the poor boy feels better soon!

  • Angeleyes Link

    Oh dear!

    My nephew is having the same prob too…. bad cough plus runny nose since he came back from KK.

    I just hope Darrius’s immune system is strong enough so he won’t get it as we are all living under one roof during the weekdays.

  • WMD Link

    Actifed – I find it very powerful- very fast stop the running nose and helps if the nose is blocked. Very drowsy effect. I use it sparingly due to the drowsy effect and also because I observe the paed tries not to prescribe actifed unless really necessary. So, if I have to use it, I give it at night so that the child can sleep better and the nose can unblocked.

    I have been advised not to give actifed and promethazine together…too drowsy for the child.

    I know it is hard when a child falls ill. Hope that he will be well again soon and you too. Take care

  • a-moms-diary Link

    So sorry to hear he is sick again. Hope he’s better now.

    Clarityne contains loratadine, a non-sedative antihistamine which provides relief for flu-like symptoms. Clarinase is Clarityne + pseudoephedrine, a nasal decongestant.

    Actifed, as you know, contains tripolidine, a sedative antihistamine. Guaiphenesin is an expectorant, to help to bring up the phlegm.

    Promethazine is a sedative antihistamine with anti-emetic (to stop nausea & vomiting) properties. So if you give Actifed together with promethazine, the sedative effect will be much stronger.

  • Kit Link

    Drey – You too eh? He’s better now though the cough’s still taking time. I think Hubby knows I’m almost at the end of the line here…

    Angeleyes – Ya, I hope Darrius can stand strong against such a strong virus.

    WMD – Thanks for sharing your paed’s advice. I was really worried at how drowsy he became after just one dose. Phew, thank goodness he bounced back to life 4-5 hours later and after his regular Rhinathiol + Ventolin syrup.

    A Mom’s Diary – Thanks so much for the education. I’ll be sure to refer back to your comment the next time we need to look at these meds again 🙂

  • syn Link

    oh no! not you too and to think i didn’t want to see you because all of us were sick as well. hope he is feeling much better now.

    haye li and i hv recovered (coz i’ve been popping loads of vitamins and probably she’s benefitting from them too thru my bm) but rye li’s cough got worst last weekend. now she’s on antibiotics.

    hope ur not catching his bug!

  • Kit Link

    Syn – He was OK in KL so I guess it’s the change in climate when we returned to China 😛

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