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Old 06-07-2009, 09:43 AM   #1
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I know I have chatted with other mamas on here with similar situations with there babies and asthma. The pedi didn't want to call it asthma with him until now. He is on pulmicort twice a day and albuterol was being used 4 times a day or more with the pulmicort not seeming to control it. He was in the hospital a few times even it just seemed to get bad especially since the warm weather and spring hit us. We are starting now with singulair. Has any other mama used this with their little one? Did it seem to help more than the pulmicort? Do you have any other info on asthma? Dh thinks we should rip up all the carpets in our house as it must have allergens in it but we rent and would have to really prove our case to the landlord. I just don't have any experience with asthma. Thanks mamas

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my son used singulair for a while before spring hit as a preventive that he wouldnt get it bad that year. i honestly didnt see a difference.
he will go thru spells where he will need the nebulizer twice a day and inhaler during the day. but this is normally only a week in the spring and a week in the fall.

if he is needing his inhaler 4 times a day, that seems a bit extreme. sounds almost like he is allregic to something. do you have pets? is he around any animals? it could be the carpet, but that will run into a lot of money for the landlord. it will be ripping up the carpet, and depending what he decides to put down... just leave the hardwood under it will require sanding, possible staining and sealing. or if it is just plywood, he will have to buy something to put down which can get expensive.

i would ask for a referral to a specialist if you can.
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I'm an asthmatic myself. What works really varies from patient to patient, but carpet can be a HUGE issue, b/c it definitely can trap allergens, and allergens can spark asthma attacks. If he's not on an allergy med, you might want to discuss that with the ped as well. If my allergies are controlled, my asthma is better controlled. Unfortunately, finding the right controller med for the airway inflammation itself is just trial and error. Good luck, I hope you can get him under better control.
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Old 06-07-2009, 11:17 AM   #4
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We have 2 with Asthma.

How old is your DS? Mine were both diagnosed with pulmonary function tests and allergy testing. Thankfully neither are allergic to anything in our home, like the animals or dust mites/molds. They both have allergies to trees, pollens, bushes. We are using Singulair (which really works IMO) albuterol as needed for rescue, (we were told that if you use the abluterol every 4 hours for 24 hours straight that they need to be seen.) One takes zyrtec and one takes xyzal. They both use a nasal spray.

We have used pulmicort for my son. I did not see any improvement on it, and is why we switched to singulair. Plus singuliar is MUCH easier since we dont have to get out the nebulizer to use it.

We are going to take out all our carpet now that my youngest is showing signs of asthma. Half of my house is wood already. Other things we do is change our Ac filters every 30 days, wash all our sheets/blankets at 180 degrees and we use mattress covers for allergens.

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thanks that does help I have been looking into the matress covers and an air purifier..DS is 14 months on the 15th...he is not on anything for allergies as of now...
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my son used singulair for a while before spring hit as a preventive that he wouldnt get it bad that year. i honestly didnt see a difference.
he will go thru spells where he will need the nebulizer twice a day and inhaler during the day. but this is normally only a week in the spring and a week in the fall.

if he is needing his inhaler 4 times a day, that seems a bit extreme. sounds almost like he is allregic to something. do you have pets? is he around any animals? it could be the carpet, but that will run into a lot of money for the landlord. it will be ripping up the carpet, and depending what he decides to put down... just leave the hardwood under it will require sanding, possible staining and sealing. or if it is just plywood, he will have to buy something to put down which can get expensive.

i would ask for a referral to a specialist if you can.
yes I guess it sounded like alot to the pedi too which is why he started singulair as a better controller medicine for him. We have no pets and he isn't around animals...the only thing new is we moved in feb. to this house that has wall to wall carpeting all over, but I have noticed it getting worse as it gets warmer out if that makes any sense..
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I would get allergy testing done ASAP. That way you can try to control his triggers. They have skin testing and some blood tests that can be done as well. Not knowing his triggers can really be a pain when trying to choose controller medicines.

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What is his dose of Pulmicort? Can the dose be increased? Singulair would help his asthma and help with any potential allergies he may have. I don't know that I have seen it prescribed for a child that young, but I would be more comfortable if it was a specialist prescribing it. Asthma in an adult is not well controlled if the adult has to use more than 2 albuterol inhalers in a year.
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the dose of the pulimicort is 1 2ml vial via the nebulizer every 6 hours increase from two times a day when he was ok after his prior "bad" time when we had to do it every 4 hours and albuterol too so I felt tied to the machine they seem very cautious about calling it asthma but now we are waiting for the call to the specialist The pedi said we should try the singulair in the meantime
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They can't diagnose "asthma" in children too young to cooperate with testing - that, and docs are all afraid of tagging a kid with that label and causing insurance issues later.

At any rate....as an adult with asthma, it seems to me that people either do fabulously with singulair, see a bit of improvement, or see no results. I was on the "OMG this is awesome stuff" end of things, with a 25% improvement in lung function.

Our next discussion with DS's pulmonolgist will include a question about singulair, but since DS is on a vent, it's entirely possible that it's not at all useful. We shall see. He currently gets pulmicort twice a day, pulmozyme (a drug for thinning out mucous, often used in cystic fibrosis patients), and albuterol as needed. Two weeks ago we ended up in the ER - turned out DS got RSV somehow, which was causing him to need albuterol every 2 hours.
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