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My daughter is almost 3 1/2. She was diagnosed with asthma this past spring (just before turning 3.) She was coughing all day and night for months and often until she gagged and threw up or sometimes couldn't catch her breath.
She refused to take a puffer so she was put on Singulair. She takes 4mg at night. It's been doing great. She developed croup a few months ago and has since recovered from that. When she started coughing again a few weeks ago, I thought it might be croup again so I took her in but it wasn't. It was a clinic doctor who didn't know us. The doctor said that if I hadn't said she has asthma, he wouldn't have been able to tell by listening to her lungs so the singulair must be keeping it under control. Yet he said she was coughing from irritants like smoke/cat hair etc. and she needed to take her puffer 4 times a day for 3 weeks to clear everything up.
What I don't get is why does she need her puffer if the asthma is under control. If the irritants were bothering her than doesn't that mean they are aggravating her asthma? What's So for 2 weeks she took it 4 times a day and this week I've been doing it twice. Her coughing seems more under control and I tihnk she just inhaled smoke because we had a lot of smoke in the house and she must have inhaled some before I took her out of the house.
So when does she need the puffer? And how much do I give her? I thought that if she needed it, I was to give it to her once or twice and that should clear it up but clinic doctor said I need to use a therapeutic dose which is 4 times a day for a while.
I need tomake appt with doc to ask these questions but I don't have time yet and wanted to see what veterans of childhood asthma had to say. Is her asthma under control or not? I thought that if she needed the puffer more than once a week it meant her asthma wasn't under control??
I would try to call your doctor and request to speak to a nurse. They can give you the best advice..
What type of inhaler is she on?
My son is on a Flovent Inhalor.. Which is a corticosteroid.. I've been told that it is very important to keep giving his Flovent no matter if he's feeling better or not.. The Flovent inhaler (same with Plumicort) helps prevent an asthma attack long term..
My son is also on Albuterol nebulizer, which is fast acting.. I use this when my son has an asthma attack or severe coughing.. I was instructed to do the nebulizer every 4 hours to three times a day. Just as needed.. Once my son is back to normal, I stop the albuterol
I'm new to all of this as well.. Ask lots of questions when you see your doctor.. I'd also suggest trying to see a specialists, like an Asthma and Allergist doctor.. You can find out what might be triggering her coughing..
Also, winter months can cause asthma to get worse.. So depending on your inhalor, it may not be a good time to stop..
Last edited by Adriana's Mommy; September 9th, 2010 at 04:01 PM.
My son takes singular to control his asthma and it works great. We have an inhaler and a nebulizer. When he starts coughing we start puffing . It is more a preventative measure so that the illness doesn't settle in their chest. Many kids with asthma get chronic bronchitis or pneumonia or possibly in your case croup. So this should keep her from getting that bad. Last winter was our first on the singular and our first without bronchitis. Before that he would get it 4-6 times a year. I would see your doctor just to be sure that there isn't another reason or that you don't need to be doing anything else. Hope this helps a bit. Welcome to the board.