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Asthma Question ?

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  1. Andrew's Mom

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    Andrew has been experiencing these coughing episodes a deep barky cough almost every time he is out in the cold air and a night when it chilly I have read that that could be a sign of asthma. He does have allergies and eczema. I really hate for him to have something else. Could you please tell me of your asthma experiences?
     
  2. heamwdevine

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    Sounds like asthma to me. Both my boys have it to different degrees. We have albuterol for the nebulizer, albuterol in inhalers and a steroidal inhaler. You're general ped can prescribe these for you if they are a good one. Generally, we only need to use these things during the September through May months. My kids seem to have viral induced asthma/reactive airway disease. Kind of sounds like what you're describing.
     
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    Do they base the dx on symptoms or is their a test for it?
     
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    At our pulmonologist they do a breathing test where you bolow into this tube and the computer measures the strength and amount. Then you get a treatment of alubuteral through a nebulizer, then you get the breathing test again. If the second test shows a marked improvemtn then they know you came in tight and the albuteral loosened you up. The review the results of both tests and dx you with symptoms consistent with athma. Both kids are on asmanex daily--it's a puffer. No biggy. But pronounced wheezing will land a D kid in the picu for a week with prednisone up bs like crazy. Go see a pulmonologist. An allergist can help too if you don't want to add yet another speicalist to you team. Sorry about the impending new dx. :(
     
  5. LenasDad

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    Yeah my son (8) has had the same symptoms practically since birth and he was diagnosed as asthmatic. Pedi has us give him albuterol via the nebulizer when his cough starts up. He has been taking Singulair nightly and Claritin every morning the last few years, it helps. He actually rarely coughs now, is active in sports, but has a smaller lung capacity than other kids his age due to the asthma. His chest starts to tighten up sometimes and he knows to tell coach he needs to sit out for awhile. You should have Andrew's pedi check him out.
     
  6. hdm42

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    sounds like our asthma experience too. Campbell would get that nasty cough with both allergies and colds. He would cough and cough till he either wore himself out or threw up. Not fun. Our gp dx'd it as allergy/viral induced asthma, and he's been on Singulair & Zyrtec/Claratin for years. Uses Ventolin puffer when needed.
     
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    Yep, my son had asthma quite a bit when allergy/viral induced. They called it RAD asthma. This was before he was diagnosed with (age 3)diabetes. As he got older, this got better. I still put him on allergy meds in the seasonal times of the year though. I also keep a inhaler on hand for cold winter sports like basketball. Soccer and other sports are okay.
     
  8. Andrew's Mom

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    Well I'm convinced now. He has appt on the 17th with allergy dr. So we should now more then I guess. I'll let you all now what we find out.
    One more question to the inhaled meds make BS go up?
     
  9. hdm42

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    We've never had a bg issue with the puffers.
     
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    Kaylee was just dx with asthma last week. They did a lung function test on her, gave her albuterol and then redid the lung function test. She was also clearly wheezing during the appointment. My other daughter is also suspected to have asthma, I haven't heard her wheezing, but she does cough and do throat clearing a lot which their dr says is a sign of asthma.

    I'd make an appointment with a pediatric allergy specialist.
     
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    I haven't noticed anything.. only the injested steriods increase bg.
     
  12. Andrew's Mom

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    The dr we see for his allergies is a pediatric allergy specialist. We just started seeing him a few months ago for hives and eczema.
     
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    My Daughter is 14 now but at just under a year old she was dx with Asthma. her symptoms were just as you described.. barky cough. for the first few months they kept saying she has croup. but just before her 1st b-day she was in the ER with what we thought was another bout with croup but the ER pulmo Dr said it was Asthma. by the age of 3 we were able to keep it mostly under control with singulair daily and advair...she would need the nebulizer about 2x a week, she was in the ER maybe 4 times between the ages of 4 and 8 due to an extreme attack...her ped's Dr said she would probably out grow it by the age of 10...and between the ages of 9 and 10 she really didn't have any issues with Asthma..then at 10 she was dx with type 1.:cool: she's almost 15 now and there are times when she feels her chest getting tight, usually associated with very cool weather or when she over does it at Softball.in the last 4 years she has only needed her inhaler about 5 times...If your son does have Asthma..it can be well controlled with the proper meds..but watch him and listen for the wheezing when he gets a cold or is playing hard..and it's likley that he will out grow it..mostly..as he gets older. Deanna never truly out grew her's but its hardly a problem now.
     
  14. Andrew's Mom

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    We just got back from Andrew's appt. and he defiantly has asthma. It not mild either it took 2 treatments in the office to get his lung function up to a better range. Now he has to do a nebulizer treatment every morning and another type every 4 hours as needed. Sounds like a whole new learning experience. They said he probably been covering it up with shallow breathing since he is not a complainer. I got teary eyed when the nurse was going over everything and Andrew's said it's alright mommy and started waving his hand in front of my face because it always get red when I'm about to cry. So that really made me cry to think of something else to add to his list.
     
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    It'll get better. It can be frustrating when their symptoms are bad because it takes days for you to notice a response to the medication. Sometimes the cough might seem to get worse because the treatment shakes some congestion loose. Just hang in there and keep checking in with the doc when you are concerned, do your followup appointments, and your son will get better slowly but surely. Sorry you have to go through this.
     
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    Cayden was dx'd with Asthma a few months after getting D, it was rough at first to swallow, prior to D he had severe allergies and ezcema. We don't normally have to use the nebuilzer but this week has been a rough one for him..

    Good luck! Thinking of you guys! Seems to be alot of people here dealing with the same things, feel free to ask questions..
     
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    That pretty much describes me as well. I was officially diagnosed with exercise induced asthma at 16... after knowing something was wrong pretty much all my life, it took a physical therapist to flat out tell my mom when I was in rehab after my knee surgery what was happening to my breathing wasn't normal and I needed to see a doctor about it ASAP. I never pushed about it before then, as no one seemed to listen to me and my symptoms weren't outwardly "as bad" as other kids I knew with asthma, so I didn't push more.. but looking back I really should have... life is SO much better with it under control :)

    Now I pretty much only have problems when I'm extremely stressed (physically) or I am sick.. the rest of the time my lungs behave. I keep a rescue inhaler with me only when I'm doing something that puts me at an increased risk of needing it, but I've only used it a handful of times in the past few years.
     
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    Trying to figure out if he needs the albuterol or not is hard. He has had it 3 times today. And he still having coughing fits in between. So here is my question to those more experienced than I. If he coughing an hour after a treatment do I give it at the 4 hour mark or give it then. They told me if he needs it before the 4 hours to let them know and he might need to be on the oral prednisone. How do I know if I can't here a wheeze and all I hear is coughing. This is stressing me out.:eek: ANd if he coughing in the night do I wake him up and give a treatment or treat in the morning.
     
  19. LenasDad

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    The cough may worsen after the nebulizer treatment because the dialation of the airways causes congestion to loosen up. Oral prednisone will help his body clear the congestion quicker. I would go ahead and take the prescription if the doctor is offering it.

    Don't wait longer than 4 hours for the treatment; don't let it go til morning. You can hold the nebulizer in front of his nose/mouth for him to breathe and treat him while he sleeps if you don't want to wake him.
     
  20. hdm42

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    You may need to put him on prednisone to clear the congestion.
    Be warned that it is murder on the blood sugars. When Campbell has gone on it, we've had to at least double (and sometimes triple) his TDD of insulin. :eek:
     

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