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chronic lung disease

My grandbaby was born at 27 weeks gestation.  She is now 10 months old and still having complications.  She has Chronic Lung Disease.  She has had a cough for the last week and my concern is the other grandparents have a lot of animals and are always in the house.  I am wondering if that is causing her cough?  We have her on Benadryl for allergies.  

Thank you,
Donna Turman
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527625 tn?1229489258
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Congratulations on your new granddaughter!  Premature infants with chronic lung disease can become sicker more easily from respiratory problems such as viral illness (colds, flu, bronchitis) or reactive airway disease (asthma-like symptoms).  Although it is possible that she is reacting to allergens from animals, formal testing at the doctor's office is the best way to determine whether she has allergic reactions to common environmental elements (dust mites, grass, animals, foods, etc).

If the baby has been coughing for a week, the parents should probably have her seen by her pediatrician: the cough may or may not allergy related.  The parents can discuss with the pediatrician the possibility of allergy testing at that time.  A single allergy test by itself does not give the entire picture for a baby's allergy, but it can give additional information for the parents and pediatrician to use in deciding how to best treat the baby for various symptoms.
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