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Old 08-24-2008, 07:33 PM   #1
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Asthma support thread anyone?

Surely I'm not the only one with a LO with asthma.

How does everyone manage it? My ds is just taking albuterol thru the nebulizer and it does ok controlling. The doctor was wanting to do singular to help prevent. I am a little leary of that because of a lot of bad things I've read on it. Does anyone use that and like it? Also I'm wondering do yall see a specialist or just deal thru the pedi? We've been just seeing the pedi for it but I think I want him to see a specialist.

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Old 08-24-2008, 07:44 PM   #2
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My kids don't have asthma.. but I was diagnosed with it when I was 2yrs old. I was on all kinds of medication, even hospitalized as a child for it. I would see a specialist. I think peds overdiagnose this sometimes. Sometimes it can just be bronchitis or allergies. As it turns out a few years ago I finally realized I didn't have chronic asthma - really had ALLERGIES! My parents have always had pets and even though my mothers was VERY clean and anal, it really affected me. The last 4 years I have avoided a nebulizer by just not being near things I am allergic to. The only times I have had to take albuterol is when I visit my parents for holidays. I truly believe these asthma medications can make you dependent on them. It took me a while to get off advair. It is crazy. I would look into seeing an allergist to find out what allergies your child has.They can do a blood test - it is much better than a skin test IMO. Also, if you have ANY pets, consider getting rid of them. AND carpet. To this day it really annoys me that my parents have pets in their house knowing how it affects me! Also, look into NAET it is a a natural allergy elimination technique.http://www.naet.com/index.html
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ETA: my oldest DD saw a ped that claimed she may have asthma. I took her to get allergy tested and found she had allergies. She take claritin when she knows she will be exposed and avoids major allergens and she has not have ANY wheezing since.
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Old 08-24-2008, 08:07 PM   #3
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My DS was fine until he contracted RSV at 4 months old- It was a severe case which he spent alot of time in the hospital for (was so bad we werent sure if he could fight it) & when released still went on to battle it for weeks. The aftermath left him with allergies & what is believed to also be asthma (before they make a total diagnosis- they want to watch his pattern for a little longer) .. He had a repeat of RSV again the same time the following year & we now keep a nebulizer on hand with xopenex, and steriods (cant think of the name right now & dont feel like looking).. We also have a fast acting albuterol inhaler with a mask instead of mouthpiece & barrel. We havent ever been put on any allergy meds- his pediatrican says they are more harm than good at his age (I guess thats just his opinion since your pedi thinks differently).
DS is now about to be 2 yrs old in 2 weeks. He has his attacks in reaction to allergies mostly & colds or viruses. WE also do natural treatments (steamy showers, humidifiers) to help keep him clear & breathing easier naturally..
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Ok first of all I want to say that good for you questioning the dr. I had asthma as a teen, and just kept going to the ER and then my family practitioner for it. Finally after being put on many different meds with dose changes as they saw fit, my parents took me to a specialist for asthma and allergies. The dr. put me on a great setup and gave me a tool to test my breathing and etc when I felt I needed to check before had problems. Definitely go and see someone who specializes in those things. This dr. did an allergy test and found out what my allergies were, and then put me on zyrtec for them. He also recommended coming in again if I didn't have attacks for awhile since I was on singular, advair, and nebulizer treatments for my asthma. (Singular was honestly the least problematic of them all. The advair kinda kept me awake & gave me white film on my throat which irritated it. The nebulizer treatments made me shake and made it hard to focus for about a half an hour afterwards. ) Definitely test for allergies and find the triggers, and also maybe think about singular or an allergy medicine which is better than constantly taking the nebulizer probably.
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Re: Asthma support thread anyone?

The pedi did do a blood test for allergies and it came back clear. It was just the test for basic allergies though. I don't really think it is allergies for him though because his coughing is mostly at night and he doesn't have any wheezing at all. When it acts up for him he will be up all night coughing.

So does anyone have any suggestions on how to tell the pedi we want to see a specialist without insulting him. I really like him and I don't want him to think he's not doing a good job or something.
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Re: Asthma support thread anyone?

I forgot to mention, my little sis had asthma & allergies as a young child.. She had alot of attacks before her doc sent her to an allergist- she received a series of shots (allergy shots I think, not sure it was a long time ago) and she hasnt had an episode since.

I think just talk to the doctor about how your concerned it could be something easily resolved with looking into further & you dont want to subject your little one to meds- they may not really need. You just want a more definate approach in order to better make your LO comfortable & breathing easy. As long as your honest & you tell them that you feel they are on the right track but you want more- im sure it shouldnt hurt their feelings..
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Re: Asthma support thread anyone?

My son's been diagnosed with viral-induced asthma. He starts wheezing a few days after the beginning of a cold. It's not all the time, but it's horrible when it does show up. He's almost 21 months old.

I'm not sure what to suggest about your pediatrician and seeing a specialist. We didn't tell our ped that we were seeing one; we just went. She wound up getting very offended. It turns out that she and the specialist disagree about nearly everything. It's a big mess.
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Re: Asthma support thread anyone?

I have a 22 month old dd with Asthma, other wise known as reactive airways. She also has allergies. Her asthma started at 2 months old, a day after her 1st set of vaccines. She has had more trama in her 1st year of life then my 80 year old grandfather has had his whole life. No joke!

The PED that she used to see tried to treat her until she realized that it was more then just a "cold". She sent dd to a pediatric pulmonologist, and let me just say that it was the best thing that she could have done for dd. they begain by doing some testing, cystic fybrosis, chest x-rays, Ph probe, blood tests, comprehinsive metobolic panels and allergy testing.. I am sure theres more that I left out.

Lucky for us all the above came out fine, shes allergic to mold, and dairy, but thats it, thus far. So we started her on a daily regimen of medications. Singulair, pulmocort, xopinex, orel steriods (temperary), zyrtec, an antibiotic, And she was also given two inhalers for when she was not on her "sick plan".

She did well on the meds, but it was a lot to keep up with. She still had a lot of "attacks" daily, and we were not out of the woods at all. She had reaccuring ear infections, cronic coughing/weexing and a constant runny nose. at 11 months old she went in a got tubes put in her ears. This helped a lot. She is supper sensitive to antibiotics and they tear up her gut really bad. To the point that she would poop 15 times a day with blood. They were so acidic that her poor butt was literally RAW! I did everything possible to help her thru it, in the end it was almost better to go with out the antibiotics, hence why she got the tubes put in. She only had about 3 ear infections, not even close to most kids who get tubes (my middle dd had 33 by the time she was 10 months old).

Addyson has been hospitalized seven times. She has had RSV twice. What makes me upset is that Asthma kids are not "Qualifided" to have the RSV prevention vaccine. Your child has to be either born before 34 weeks gestation, or have been put on a ventalaor at some point in time. The vaccine has to be given before the age of two (i think). I am against vaccines, but for my dd this would have, possibly, saved her another hospital stay and more pain and suffering.

There have been times that she has turned blue on us, she has gone into the ER and had a O2 level of 78. When she had RSV it never came above 81 with out constant o2. Thats when you know your lo is stuggling. Addyson was born a healthy 9 lb 2 oz girl. It's amazing to me that RIGHT after her 2 month imunizations her life was changed. Can I say for sure it was from the vaccines? Nope, I sure can't. but I find it amazing how at 22 months old and vaccine free for 18 months she only gets one breathing treatment a day, and thats given at night to help her with her coughing attacks at night. Coincidince?? Maybe, maybe not. I'll never know.

OP, I stronly advise yout o see a pediatric pulmonologist. to you all.
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All 3 of my kids have asthma and so do I.
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