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Primary Complex Symptoms and Treatment (FAQs)

1. Is primary Complex contagious

Primary Complex is not contagious. If your baby or child has primary complex, you and your other children will not contract the disease. The ones who are contagious are adults with tuberculosis. Itis for this reason that the adults who are living with the child need to be checked for tuberculosis.

2. Do you really need x-rays to confirm if Primary has healed already?

Primary lung infection, a single lesion (known as Ghon’s focus) is usually found immediately subjacent to the pleura in the lower part of the upper lobes or upper part of the lower lobes of one lung.  That said, chest xray is a sure way to confirm recovery from Primary complex by checking the absence or presence of the lesion.

3. Does Kidz Kit have side effects on child?

On Kidz Kit’s prescription manual, it is indicated that “Liver function should be assessed before and regularly during treatment of these anti tb drugs.” This implies then the medicine can affect the child’s lungs. For instance, with my friend, her child’s eyes turned yellowish. Thankfully, we didn’t encounter any negative side effects with out child.

4. My child has a common cold. Her pedia asked us to stop giving her Kidz Kit for one week. Is it okay to do this?

My daughter also had to skip for one week because of her diarrhea. In our case, it didn’t affect her medication and she eventually got healed.

According to Mayo Clinic, “if you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.”

5. What will happen if my child takes Kidz Kit Forte on an irregular basis?

According to Mayo Clinic, “if rifampin, isoniazid, and pyrazinamide combination is taken on an irregular schedule, side effects may occur more often and may be more serious than usual. If you have any questions about this, check with your doctor.”

6. When is the best time to give Rifampicin, Isoniazid, and Pryzanamide?

Based from these medicines’ prescription labels,

Take isoniazid on an empty stomach, at least 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

Rifampicin, like Isoniazid, should be taken  on an empty stomach, 1 hour before or 2 hours after a meal.

Unlike the first two medicines, Pyrazinamide may be taken with or without food. It is suggested to give the medicine at about the same time each day so that this becomes part of your child’s daily routine, which will help you to remember.

7. Is it possible for my child to contract this disease again?

As I understand, the term “primary” in primary complex refers to the first time an individual gets this disease. If the healed child will be exposed to an adult with tuberculosis, the child will then recontract this disease.

8. Can you give me an idea how much you spent for the whole duration of medication?We spent around 5k way back 2013. If you are in a tight budget, you may check with the local health center nearest you if they provide a free or more afforable medicine.

62 Comments

  1. roma

    Negative sa x ray ..positive sa ppd test . Maggagamot poba sya nun my baby is 8 mos old

    1. Nova

      Hi roma, yung doctor mo ang magdedecide dyan considering your child’s health history..

      1. shenh

        hi yung baby ko kasi 8 months ng naggagamot dahil din sa primary complex 2nd and 3rd xray namin nung april and last week lang ang nakalagay eh cleared na daw kaso may mga enlarged lymph.nodes pa..yung say anak mo ba hininto na ang med deapite namay bulge lymph node pa?.mejo worried. na.kasi ako dahil pang 8 months na then another 2 ulit..thanks ha

    2. april

      Hi! Shenh ask mo sa doktor niya. Doktor lng niya ang makakasgot miyan… Sa baby ko nman may primary complex din cia kakastart pa lng nmin ng knyang gamutan nung july may pagbabago agad akong nkita kc nag gain cia ng weight niya tpos ung lymph node niya lumiliit although nkakapa ko pa pero hndi na matigas katulad ng dati. Sbi ng doktor niya hndi agad mawawala yun. I suggest n i-ask mo doktor niya tungkol dun.

  2. annie

    good day… my baby who is one yr and three weeks old was diagnosed to have primary complex… i am really worried since we cannot identify where she got the disease… she just got fever without coughing… after reading your post, i am relieved that i still can have hope of her getting well… she is also an active baby and she is still learning to walk… i am really sad everytime she cries … again thank you …

    by the way, were there side effects with your baby? we just gave her first dose of medicine this morning…thank you again and God bless…..

    1. Nova

      Hi annie, I’m glad my sharing have somehow lifted your spirit… yes, your baby will get well after six months, you’ll see 🙂 As for the side effects, as far as I know my daughter didn’t have any side effects…

      you’re welcome and God bless too… 🙂

  3. Juna

    Hi, actually i came across your blog kasi my baby is payat and super walang appetite. She is no 2 3/4 yrs old. And still weighs 11+ kgs lang. Wala syang ubo or anything. Papacheck up ko palang sya kasi nga nagaalala nako. Active sya at masayahun. My question is, super hirap nya painumin ng vitamins. At lagi nasasayang kahit imix ko pa sa juices or anything. Wag naman sana pero Pano nyo pinapainom ng gamot baby mo and ilang taon sya nung nadiagnos? Thanks.

  4. Angie

    Gudpm.ask ko lng po kung anu mangyari if miss to take pyrazinamide?

  5. lhen desepeda

    Hi my son has complete the medication for six months but he have a cough right now.may pedia told me that his asthma is attract..Perio nagaalala pa rin ako down na down ako.hanggat do ko na coconfirm na OK na sya do matahimik any isip ko.sabi ng pedia ko after the medication I was waiting for 3 months to xray para malaman..ikaw ba Klan mos.after ng medication pinaxray si yesha paramalaman na safe sya.tnx

    1. The Family Woman

      Hi Lhen, baka iba yung cause ng ubo ng anak mo. Like what your pedia told you, ot might be an asthma. But yes, I understand you, until you couldn’t confirm it yet, hindi mapanatag ang loob mo. We had our repeat x-ray within a month after finishing her medication.

  6. clarence

    hi good day to all!!!my daughter had primary complex when she was 6months.. ganun din pinayo ng kanyang pedia anim n buwang gamutan thanx to God after ng gamutan gumaling po sya..Ngayon po ay 6 years old na sya lagging inuubo at kahit anong gamot at antibiotic ay di xa gumagaling at dun n lng namin nalaman na bumalik yung kanyang primary complex..another 6 months ulit na gamutan kami..sa totoo lng naaawa n po ako sa anak ko kc nahinto n sya s pag – aaral at need pang gumising ng 6:30 para lng uminom ng gamot…Tanong ko lng hanggang sa paglaki po ba ng anak ko eh pwede bumalik ang primary complex???thanx po sa inyo

    1. Ruvil

      sabe naman ng pedia ng anak ko dahil ngpositive sya sa tb dn dapat hanapin din sa adult kung sinu ang carrier din lalo na yung mga lage nyang kasama sa bahay.kase kahit gumaling na sya pwede talagang bumalik yun

  7. HAzel pascual

    hi good day to all. ganun din ang aking anak na 2 years sabi ng radiologist pneunomia daw un, pero sabi ng doctor primary complex lang un.. at ung tatlong kidz kit un din ang ibingay nya na gamot. under medicaion pa sya ngaun hoping na gumaling siya.

  8. marlon bocdo

    Hi kasama ba sa sintomas yung ubo at lagnat tuwing madaling araw yung baby ko kasi inuubo at my sipon tapos tuwing madalingaraw my lagnat thanks sa reply

    1. The Family Woman

      Hi marlon, hindi ko sure, pero hindi naman nilagnat at inuubo ang baby ko noon. Kung lampas na ng tatlong araw yung ubo’t lagnat ng baby nyo, mas magandang ipa-consult mo sya sa pedia at nang malaman kung ano talaga ang sakit nya.

  9. ANNABELLE

    hello po ang hirap po kasi painumin ng gamot ang anak ko nag tatake po xa ng 3in1 kit tanung ko lang po meron po bang gamot na magkakasama n ung tatlong un sa isang gamot lang thanks po parang may nabasa kasi ako,

    1. Meron sis vits. S anak q ascorbic and bio-termin

  10. Hi good day,,ang anak ko po ay my ptb ngayon matatapos n sana kmi sa oct. 15 ngkaron nmn siya ng asthma ngdagdag ng antibiotic doktora at pang asthma bblik kmi sa sept. 29 my ubo pa rin xa possible kaya na maextend ang gamutan nya at napaka selan nya bwal xa sa mga sm mga palaruan dun hirap p nya painumin ng gmot …god bless pray tyo lgi…??

  11. Ainah garcia

    Hi nabasa ko po yun blog nyo. My daughter is diagnosed also with primary. Niresetahan po siya ng kids kit 3. Just want to ask po if yun kids kit ay one box na? Thank you

    1. The Family Woman

      Hi Ainah, yes, one box na sya 🙂

  12. bhel

    Hi! Nung niresetahan po b baby mo nung 3in1 kit, my iba pa po bng meds na nreseta doc po ninyo aside po dun sa 3? Thank you!

  13. analyn

    good day to you ma’am..
    my son is now 6 years old.. na confined siya dati when he was 11 months old and our pedia said it was primary complex.
    resita din nya ang kidz kit 3…tapos monthly check up after.
    hindi kasi nacomplete yong monthly check up dahil kapos sa pera, .madali siyang dapuan ng ubo at sipon ngayon.
    worriesd ako sa twing inuubo na xa..i need an advice from you.

    1. neri

      hello sis! kumusta na po ang gamutan nyo ng baby mo,? yesterday lang na sinabi pedia na positive daw sa xray at dn cya ppd test gusto din dra na start na meds.

  14. Amy

    Hi.. We just started 3n1 kit last oct 26 after my son,2yrs old diagnosed with primary complex. May i know if your baby also experience slight fever during early take of the medicine?

  15. mae

    Bad news! Lumbas na xray result. Positive s primary complex, ung PPD test is negative. Pro still gagamutin na ang primary complex mas binabasehan kc ang xray. Im very sad and disappointed s result. Ang tanong ko san nya nakuha, wala nmn inuubo dto s bahay. Nakakapanghina.
    Para ako binagsakan ah. Salamat s mga nagpost dto, nakakagaan ng feeling kc madami ang gumagaling. D ko lang matanggap na may primary ang babg ko he is 2 and 3 mos.now

  16. mae

    So bale bawal na makisalamuha ung anak ko s ibang bata para d makahawa? Ganun po yun dba? Kht mas matanda sa kanya

    1. The Family Woman

      Hi mae, actually nakalimutan ko na, four years ago pa kasi itong post Maybe you can try to backread sa mga comments sa part 1.

      1. mae

        Wala po eh. I’ll ask my pedia na lang. So far inaantay ko pa din ung 2 read ng xray. Sana nmn may good news. Para kasi amg dating s akin ng primary complex napakabigat

  17. marcee

    Hindi po nakakahawa and primary complex once ng start na mag gamot so don’t worry mae. You child can still play with other kids.

  18. marcee

    Ung daughter ng officemate ko ng positive din sa xray but negative sa ppd. Advised ng doctor 1 month lang daw na gamutan.

  19. JEN

    Is rifamficin and isoniazid be taken 3 times a day or only 1 time in a day? Cos ive read in an article that these 2 meds should be taken b4 bfast… one says she’d prefer administering it to her kids in between lunch and dinner.. so which is which?
    Thanks and pyrazinamide also 3 x a day as well?

  20. Hello nova. Thanks for this info. We just visited our pedia and my son got a positive result from ppd. We are now scheduled for xray. Hopefully things will be okay. I really appreciate your valuable info. Thanks so much. God bless.

  21. sarah

    Hi Nova, found your blog while browsing about Primary Complex…sadly, my daughter got positive results both on her ppd and xray. Sa case nyo, were you able to trace kung saan galing ang pc ni baby. Our pedia’s recommending na magpa xray din kami, we haven’t though 🙁 nakakadepress kapag bata ang may sakit, and possible na sa amin manggaling. God bless your baby, and those babies on the same situation, sana gumaling na rin baby ko.

  22. rhine

    hi maam,
    meron din po ang anak kong primary complex., 1 month na xa nag tetake ng gamot., napaka mahal po kasi 10 days lang kelangan na ulit bumili ,so nagdecide ako na lumapit sa center, nabigyan naman po ako ng gamot., then i asked my doctor if ok lang yung replacement. sabi nya, di daw nya kilala yung gamot, so baka mag evolve lang ang virus.. sayang naman ang nahingi kong gamot, natry mo ba mag iba ng brand?

  23. Cecil

    Hi! My son is just turned 3 last Nov 2015 and he’s under medication for more than 2 mos now and he seems not to be gaining weight. ALso, he doesn’t like the rifampicin natricin strawberry (Kidz Kit 2). Ang hirap painom niluluwa lagi and I have to force him to take the medicine everyday every morning and dahil niluluwa I have to repeat or add another ml of dosage but not sure if I am giving exact amount of rifampicin natricin. Also, is it bad if magkasunod na pinapainom ung both meds (Kids Kit 2)???

  24. meryconantipas

    Hi mom. What name your pedia? And location?
    Kasi young panaganay ko ganun din malnourished saw sabi sa center ngayon naghahanap po ako ng experts sa pulmo… Thanks

  25. Jew

    Thanx for the info..more power and god bless!!

  26. Jew

    Thanx for the info..more power and god bless!! IM already fealing eased upon reading ur stories..at least i can relate to ur experiences too.

  27. Jennica noche

    Hi ma’am.. I’m so thankful that I saw this page.. Magmula po kc ng magkapneumonia c baby ko nung two weeks old p lng sya ay ngsearch na ako ng ngsearch sa internet about pneumonia and bcoz weekly ng my ubo at sipon c baby ko ay natatakot na din ako at naicp ko na baka my primary complex din sya.. Pero wag nmn po sana.. Sa nabasa ko sa article mo ay parang nabunutan din ako ng tinik ng mabasa Kong nagcompletely heal c baby mo.. Naicp ko na my kagalingan p din nmn pala bsta my pananalig at pagpapagamot.. I’m so happy na gumaling c yesha.. At sana gumaling lahat ng mga Batang makakaranas ng naranasan nya.. Maraming salamat po sa shared story nyo mam.

    1. Nova

      Walang anuman Jennica!

      God bless with your PC treatment journey with your kid.
      Gagaling din sya 🙂

  28. thank you po sa mga sinulat nio…nakatulong po xia sakin…ask ko lang po hnd po ba masama sa 8monts old ang xray…hnd po kasi xia nirecomend sakin ng pedia namin eh…not god for baby daw kaya suggest niya tuberculin test…sana makapagreply po kayo
    …..salamat po ulit

    1. Nova

      Hi Crisanta, hindi ko alam kung recommendable ba ang x-ray sa 8 months old. I think it is best to trust your doctor. Hindi kasi ako doctor so I don’t know.

  29. Laj

    tnx God po nabasa ko ung blog nyo about primary complex. Ung bunso ko pong anak nag positive sa xray at ppd test last tuesday. Same po sa anak nyo kidz kit 3 forte din po ung gmot na pinapainom k sa kanya!!! I feel so deppressed po simula nung nalaman ko na nagka primary complex ung anak ko. Parang di ko po kc kaya na makita na may sakit ung anak ko parang gsto ko po na ako na lng ung magkasakit kesa mkita na mhina ung anak ko!!! We we’re advice po na mag pa xray din pra po malaman kung meron pa iba s family ang positive kaya po kanina inuna k na po ung panganay ko anak na mag pa xray at tnx God nman po na negative ung result!!!

    1. Nova

      You’re welcome Laj, mabuti at negative ang xray ng panganay mo…

  30. adz

    hi sis ask ko lang gaano katagal ang kidz kit 3 in a week lng ba or umaabot ng month parang ang bigat sa bulsa dalawa p nmn sila meron ..

    1. Nova

      Hi Adz,

      Oh sorry, I wasn’t able to note how long a bottle would last…

  31. angeline varona

    Thank you for sharing your story. My daughter has weak lungs also. Only a week ago on her first check up to a new pediatric Dra. her symptoms was just cough and colds, but aside from giving us medicine for her cough and colds. Her pedia first suggested us to take the anti-tuberculosis medicine for month. Because she thinks that its possible that my child has weak lungs. And we will have another check up after 1 month. I’m afraid but still prepairing myself for this possibility. So i browse the net and found your article. Thank you for sharing your story. It’s very encouraging for us to know how you and your child overcome her sickness. Gob bless. I hope that she will get even stronger. That no sickness can make her weak again. God is always with us. Guides and protects us. Even in the midst of trouble. His always at work. And He uses your story to let us know how to face this kind of illness. Thank you so much.

  32. earl payumo

    thank you so much for sharing your experiences. your post gave me full of hopes that we as a family can get through this

    thank you 🙂

  33. Joy LOve

    hi mommy nova my son also diagnosed primary complex. Pag pinainom namin sya ng gamot after an hour sumuka sya sya. kailangan ba namin bigyan uli ng gamot?

  34. Randy masuela

    Good day,
    I hope u can answer my question about my son, he was xray and have a blood test ang he is positive in primary complex, but i decided to have a second opinion from the other doctor and he have a skin test and it was a negative result. What do u think so i stick to the first test which is xray and bloodtest or should i conseider the skin test?
    Thanks!

  35. Lj

    This really helps. Your writeup really helps 🙂

    Thanks be to God!

  36. Ghie

    Hi Nova,
    I just heard yesterday from my sister in law that my nephew (2 years old and 4 months) have Primary Koch’s infection. They live in Baseco, Port Area Manila. I was wondering if you live in Manila. If yes, can i maybe ask for the name of your pediatrician. I am trying to look for a pedia in the neighborhood of Tondo, Binondo and Intramuros.
    Thanks in advance for the response.

    Ghie

  37. amber

    Thanks for this info. This is very helpful. My son’s xray result is positibe with Koch’s Infection. Meeting with her pedia in 3 days. I dont know how much ang mga meds. At least I have idea. I mean i was thinking baka during the meds kailangan p nya ng nebulization

  38. Amiela

    Hi sis, my baby was also diagnosed with PCB. Normal lang ba na magkaron si ng cough and flu kapag nagtake siya ng KIDZ KIT 2? How long would the lymph node will disappear?

    Thank you

  39. Faith sumbi

    hello. thankful ako mommy nova na nabasa ko ang blog mo. parang same din yung nangyari sa akin when we had xray. sabi sa reading, hilar pmeumonia. that time kasi medyo inuubo na si baby ko. btw, she is 25 months. payat. maputla at di maganang kumain. pero active cya. positive din yung palpable lymph nodes nya sa leeg, mag start na kami mag pa ppd test. im praying and hoping na gumaling si baby. tingin ko talaga, she has primary complex. i resigned from work para mabantayan ang two kids ko. feeling ko tuloy, nagkulang ako sa bunso ko 🙁 salamat kasi nabasa ko ang blog mo at nakakuha pa ako ng maraming tips.

    1. Nova

      You’re welcome Faith

  40. Michelle

    Hi Mommy, thank you for your article..for a couple of weeks now, I’ve been worrying for my 20months old daughter. We brought her to a pedia due to her fever, cough and runny nose. Her pedia suggested for cheat x ray since I told her that my daughter is always having runny nose and cough for almost every month. So, in order to rule out tubercolosis she suggested for a chest xray. After, we got the result, I can’t believe my eyes while reading the diagnosis. Pneumonia and to consider Koch’s infection. I was wondering where and from whom she acquired such an illness since no member in my family has such illness. And I, as a mother and a nurse by profession is so obsessed with cleanliness when it comes to my kids. We came back to our pedia with the results and she prescribed antibiotics for her and ordered a repeat x ray after week. After a week, the chest xray showed the same results. Tomorrow, we will visit her pedia for her PPD test. Whatever the outcome might be…I am trying to be strong and positive since I know that tubercolosis is a curable disease. But as a mother, I feel so devastated and often asks myself when/where did I go wrong in taking care of my kid. Since I have been breastfeeding her since birth until now. Then, I happened to read your article and I felt relieved and hopeful that I will get through this situation in time. Thank you so much for sharing. More power and God bless.

    1. Michelle

      Sorry for typo error- Chest R ray.?

    2. Mark Bautista

      Hi mga Mom mies yung anak ko last feb UP to aug..nagtake xia ng ng kids kit3 taas nag stop kami ng six month medication ,, pagkatapos nun monthly may ubo sipon,, namamaga tonsil n’ya ,,nitong Aprilpina chest x ray namin ,, impression pneumonia and koch’s infection ,,grave ang stressed ko kasi uulit xia ng mdication ng kids kita plus ethambutol,, nagiba ulit kami ng pedia Polmo pedia,, kay naiinis ako sa saril ko bkit ganun hindi xia clear nung una ,, ngayon nadagdagan an* iniinom nya nakakaawa sobra yung anak ko dahil tuwing ininom n’ya yung ethambutol umiiyak xia..dahil may allergy rhinitis pa xia at adthma dagdag pa sa gamot ang Monte Lukast at citirizen ,, advise n’yo nmn ako n sana mag clear na xia 3 seeks OF medication n xia ngayon..

  41. liza

    ang anak ko po my primay comllex din at ntatakot ako lalo pa wla akung nsa tabi nya na ng aalaga lola niya lng kasi ofw po ako.mga momies makukuha ba ito after 6 months of treatment.

  42. Ehran

    Hi mommy noovah. My son has a primary complex too. His taking the same meds for 3months up to now. I just wanna ask, is it ok kng hindi na nmen narerepeat from time to time yung actual time ung advice ng pedia? May side effect kaya? I mean. Napapainum nman nmen sya regularly pero wala lage sa oras. Pa iba iba ung time. Dpende sa gcng nmen and ni baby. Is it ok kaya? Thanks po sa sagot ? godbless!

  43. JANICE

    My son is 3 years and 7 months, just today his ped confirmed that he has a weak lungs. I am super stress about the news I heard from my mom. I’m actually working abroad and it so frustrating and alarming knowing that he is too young to have it. As per the doctor because of his on and off cough and cold his lungs became weak. When he was 3 moths his doctor diagnosed with Atopic Dermatitis and Skin Asthma. We had the hard time looking for the best skin care for him until we noticed that if not on his skin he will have cough or cold which it will stop for few weeks but then again it will re current. We even rushed him to the emergency here abroad when he had his first asthma attacked. We were about to sleep when he complained of difficulty breathing and chest pain. Doctors here said that it is because of his skin asthma. So when they went back home my mom brought him back to his peds for consultation and again she can’t find anything. Till last 5 days ago she did some test which I didn’t know what was is but as per my mom doctor injected something to him and she was advised then to wait till 48 hours if there’s a reaction on the skin it means that the lungs is weak. So they’ve waited and when they returned to his peds today she confirmed it.

    it’s too difficult for me to accept it as I am blaming myself because I’m not with him all the time. It’s a plan already to stay with me early next year here but now I’m so confused as he is on medication for 6 months. thank you for the info at least I have peace of mind.

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