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My DD2 just turned 3. She's been diagnosed with asthma, allergic rhinitis and chronic sinusitis. She got these diagnosis last year.
The main problem was croup. She gets is all the stinking time. She got her first bought with croup at 4 months old.
She gets is constantly.
She had it 4 times in October, 2 in Nov, 3 in Dec, 3 in Jan, 1 in Feb, 3 times in March, 2 times in April and now we're on round 3 for this month. This is a common trend and happens pretty much throughout the year since she was 4 months old. She never has a "good" time of the year. It's year round.
Sometimes she gets an upper respiratory infection and then within a day or 2 the croup cough will start. Other times she's not sick at all and the croup cough still comes out of nowhere.
It used to be only at night, but in November it changed and she makes the sound every time she sneezes and coughs day AND night.
She never has trouble breathing, it's just the darn croupy cough that keep everyone up all night.
It usually last 3-4 days, then she's better for a week or so. Then it starts all over again.
She's been on Singulair, Nasonex and nebulized albuterol (as needed) for a year. No improvement. They recently added Flovent daily along with Ventolin to replace the nebs.
Nada. No change.
In my desperation I've done some researching and it seems that there are some other conditions that cause recurrent croup that often get labeled as asthma.
Reflux, subglottic stenosis and a few others.
Just wondering if anyone had anything that might help. Anyone else have a kiddo that suffers from recurrent croup?
If she isn't having breathing issues and the medicine isn't helping I would be asking for a second opinion. Poor thing shouldn't have to suffer like that. I am not a dr but I would think that there is possibly another cause. Have you asked your dr about some of the other causes? Have you asked to see a pulmonologist? Sometimes a more specialized dr can help find something that a family practice or pediatric dr missed.
My son suffers from bronchitis and asthma. And for us the treatments worked. Which is what makes me think there is something else going on with your daughter.
Welcome to JM and Children with Asthma. Feel free to poke around do a forum search and check out all of JM. There is alot of great information here and great people.
I am Jessi the host and my son Jeremy (3) is my child with asthma.