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Danny went to the allergist for a recheck today. He goes every 3-4 months to make sure everything is going smoothly, etc. I asked him when they change the diagnosis from RAD to asthma and he gave a logical, practical answer.
Most kids who have childhood asthma will outgrow it before they turn 10. If they outgrow it they will likely start to show signs of improvement by age 5-6. Soooo...instead of having a life-long diagnosis of asthma or childhood asthma which can influence eligibility for private health insurance they would rather try to wait and diagnose asthma with a pulmonary function test at age 5-6 to make sure they aren't outgrowing it or showing signs of outgrowing it. They still treat it as asthma without the label. He said he doesn't expect Danny to outgrow this because it has been getting more and more demanding instead of stabilizing or getting better but they follow the same pattern for all patients.
That makes perfect sense. I know you can't join the military if you had a diagnosis of asthma after the age of 13. So it makes sense they would wait rather than label the child so early. Glad you got a good answer.