Kids Getting Sick In The Philippines

Last couple of days have been a bit concerning with both of our kids currently down with a fever. Problem is I don’t trust the medical care here enough to actually diagnose the cause or cure either. Its a bit like earlier in the year when everyone’s kids we knew all seemed to be getting admitted into hospital for Dengue even without test results or proof of the infection.

Which in my mind if you need to do blood tests, urine tests etc. and they are so slow at processing as well as often inconclusive what is the point? Because the doctors won’t take an educated guess at the problem which considering its their profession they should be able to give a rough idea of best course of action besides exploitation of money for medical fees you probably wouldn’t need elsewhere on the planet.

The symptoms aren’t Dengue by the way but it has given the kids high temperatures and made them pretty groggy, giving me and April sleepless nights while the kids are feeling rough.

7 comments for “Kids Getting Sick In The Philippines

  1. joe downey
    October 4, 2011 at 3:46 am

    Matt, considering you have young vulnerable children, i`n surprised you haven`t sourced a reliable Pediatrician yet, it`s very important, between them my kids have had pneumonia, TB and Typhoid fever. I understand you may be less than impressed with locals because of the expat tax levied on us as parents but they need looking at! Our spouces will always say, oh it will be ok, just because they do dumb things doesn`t mean we have to, i hope they get better soon.

  2. Profile photo of OLDARTICLES
    October 4, 2011 at 8:52 am

    If it was more serious I would look out someone reliable issue is although the doctors i come across here are ok day to day on things more serious its all about “tests”. The same way that the Milk-Milk plant heals a lot of things and doctors know it does but would rather risk you on a blood transfusion than say tried this that the locals use?

    In reality for most medical care needs we can pretty much cover most things ourselves we do use mainly herbal stuff that has has proven itself time and time again. The issue with a lot of the medical profession though is they go for hospital admission over actual treatment. At the same time tests without a constructive guess or even collating data of recent medical problems in the area.

    What caused your illnesses is there a problem with your water supply?

  3. joe downey
    October 5, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Matt 75% of all philippino kids will contract TB, it`s endemic here, water born diseases like Typhoid is a simple one, street food, never eat it! you mentioned you had a well once, the water table gets contaminated with run off from piggeries, E coli, how about the construction of septic tanks? mostly un rendered hollow bloch which are porous, that in turn leaches back to the water table. What you may have done could differ but generally that`s the way stuff operates as you know yourself, hit and miss and nigger rigged! So next time Uncle so and so with the smokers caugh hugs your little ones he could well be giving them TB, those figures are from a Pediatrician and GP, both of them personal friends, the GP has a 3 year old girl and 8 month old bot, the girl is clear now buy the boy has TB right now and is on his 6 months medication. You are eligible for family phil health plan, consider it friend at 1300 peso per annum, it helps a lot with admissions, and yes they love to admit kids, hospitals are not so much about health care, but about profit! So TB look for loss of appetite, fevers at night and a dry cough, children are at risk here constantly.

  4. joe downey
    October 5, 2011 at 5:57 am

    Btw, i used to live in a rural location but sold up and live here in Quezon City now, i wouldn`t brush my teeth with Manila water, never mind drink, make ice or even cook with it, ice in drinks is a common carrier of water borne illness, halo halo the same, a simple inexpensive test for bacteria and the likes is available at any lab test facility, and trust me the pedia docs are very good at diagnosing TB and Typhoid, it`s so damn common, 600 peso the test generally, good luck with the little ones.

  5. Profile photo of OLDARTICLES
    October 5, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    The joys of the Philippines Joe! We only use the well water for washing things down like the motorcycles and feeding the plants. I was discussing disease with Ray Swarbrick before who’s up in Manila as well as I know his daughter had been ill before from contracting from the water.

    We use water fed from the reservoir for washing and all drinking is a completely different ball game. Generally though the risk of something being in the water is higher here than I would expect elsewhere. For example last week I can only describe it as a water melon seed (could be a seed for something else) but it arrived in a container of mineral water. Doesn’t say much for the water filtering. TB like many other things here goes unnoticed for most people, lets not even get on the conversation of sexually transmitted diseases!

    But in reality we cut ourselves off here pretty much. If the relatives are over I drink my own glass I don’t share and generally our hygiene is well above others (and people wonder why I grumble so much about garbage being dumped). The kits I will look into as we can keep them at home. I just have an issue with the “admit to hospital suspected Dengue” for everything. Which is why the figures for this year look a lot better wonder how many people recognised fevers etc. this year and knew how to deal with it over last year? At the same time the herbal stuff is pretty good here but looking forward to the kids getting to the UK and out of the risks that are often only a puddle away here.

  6. joe downey
    October 5, 2011 at 11:43 pm

    Our water is from Angat Dam i believe and my wife doesn`t give it the cat! I lump Herbal here along with Super Milks and the like, it`s maybe ok as dietary supplements for adults at a stretch, i actually saw one vitamin add that claimed protection agains Swine Flu!

    • Profile photo of OLDARTICLES
      October 6, 2011 at 6:19 am

      well the Swine Flu says it all. Problem is discussing things with people that should no better in their profession they often believe the crap they are selling. Ideal if you wanted to sell placebo’s as a miracle cure for sure. Same as that gleaming shine in childrens milk from sugar.