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My son is 6 and was diagnosed last year. We have already had three big flare ups in the last two months. He ended up on Prednisone each time. He uses his inhaler often, his nebulizer (night time is coughing, coughing, coughing!!) and he is on Zyrtec and Advair.
The nights are the worst because we have to get up usually two times to get him back on his nebulizer while in a flare. Right now we are back over the bump, but is it getting wearying, and I'm pregnant, so really tired already !! He is sleeping in our sitting room off our bedroom lately so we can hear him. The interrupted sleep makes him irritable at school the next day- but he's a trooper!! It is heartbreaking to see your baby trying to breathe and choose not to play at times because he just can't keep up.... All in all, I know we are blessed. My sister in law has cystic fibrosis and that really puts our issues in perspective when I see her struggles.
Anyway, we are planning to see a new specialist soon. I know that we can get him under better control. Right now is trial and error, but we are hopeful that this winter will not be as bad as last winter!!
Well, that is my son's little story.... Hope to hear from others with asthmatic kids. It can be tough at times and the support is sooo welcome!!
My son was finally diagnosed at three. This will be our second winter on singulair, nebulizer, and inhaler. I got refills for his neb and inhaler last night. He has the start of a cold and that usually leads to broncitus for us. Sorry your little one is having such a rough go of it. I know one of the ladies that used to be here a lot got hardwood floors throughout her house and it made a big difference. I think it depends on his triggers. For some its colds, others its allergens. I hope you guys have a good winter and can get his coughing under control. We are here to help so feel free to ask, chat, poke around .
Thanks for the response. We are back on prednisone again. I hate him on that stuff so much, so we hope to be back under control soon.
We already have hardwoods, etc. My first son was allergic to so much (including a level 4 to dust!!!) and we totally revamped our home years ago for him. He is nine now, knows his triggers, and no longer struggles at all with allergies at home or away.
My youngest (the one with asthma) has been allergy tested at Duke. He had sooo many allergies early on, and was constantly breaking out in hives. If pasta touched his skin, if fruit juice spilled on his arm, etc., etc. Very frustrating! Now we know his triggers, and he has improved significantly as he has gotten older. He has also had extreme excema since an infant. We are now able to keep the skin condition under control with lotion, and are off all the prescription creams.
Anyway, I have looked at a lot of the posts and gotten ideas of some new things to try for his asthma. It is nice to know that some of you have been where I am and found ways to help your child outside of piling on medication. I know building up his immune system is key. Any thoughts or ideas are always greatly appreciated!
Sorry he has to be on the prednisone but glad it will help. Does he act differently on it?
Allergies are rough, especially because they can change, get worse, get better etc. I am glad you are finding helpful information here. Let us know if you have any other questions. I know vitamins can help just in general. Its hard to get everything you need from just the foods we eat each day. The Pacific NW is being told to take Vitamin D because they are finding links to MS due to lack of vitamin D. We don't get enough sun light here . Other than that I am not sure. We are on a maintenance program with the hopes that some day he will outgrow it.
Let us know if you need anything. Hope he continues to improve and feel better soon.