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June 13th, 2011, 11:57 AM
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hi... im sam... we were told today that our ds, Asher, who is almost 5 month, probably has asthma and we were referred to an allergist. this allergist is also a pediatric pulmonologist. since we are new patients, we can't get in until july 14.

about three months ago Asher had rsv and he never fully lost his cough.... for two months he coughed at night. last week his cough got much worse,he started wheezing occasionally, and his eczema had a huge flareup and is all over his body.

right now we are supposed to give him albutrtal treatments through a nebulizer twice a day and give him steriod cream for his eczema. we were also mostly bf, and occasionally giving formula. he asked us to try and only give bm

how old was you lo when he showed symptoms of asthma? what types of tests were performed?

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June 14th, 2011, 08:35 AM
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Welcome! I am Sarah, mommy to DS Danny who will be 4 yo next month.

Danny had a severe bout with croup at 2 months old. He never got rid of the cough but for insurance reasons his doc still has him labelled with RAD (reactive airway disease) until he is 5. The doc doesn't expect him to outgrow his asthma so he is treated as an asthma patient under the label of RAD. We did neb treatments pretty much constantly from 2 months old through every spring, fall, and winter and sporadically for a few weeks through every summer. We use pulmicort and xopenex in the neb. He is also on Singulair and Advair. Advair is the only thing that finally got his asthma under control.

Eventually they should do a pulmonary function test though at least where we are the child has to be at least 5 years old. They may do peak flow tests as well when he gets older. They may want to test for cystic fibrosis. Don't get too freaked out about it though. Testing for CF is pretty routine in young children with breathing issues. One thing to keep in mind is that most doctors won't diagnose a child with asthma until at least age three. They will still treat the symptoms with whatever is needed but will leave the label of RAD rather than asthma.
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June 14th, 2011, 01:07 PM
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Welcome! Sorry I am just seeing this today . Bad host!

Jeremy was 3-4 months old the first time he got sick and needed a neb treatment. He would get sick broncitius every winter 5-6 times until the age of three. We got a new pediatrician that was more proactive with him. When he was three he had a well child check and they finally heard his lungs without being sick and that is when they found it. We haven't had the offical extensive testing. We do singular 1x a day (at night) and he has been two winters without antibiotics. We do neb treatments and an inhaler when he has a flare up or starts coughing. So sorry that you are traveling down this road. Usually once you get it under control things are fairly smooth. Its finding that right treatment that can be tricky. I know there was an article posted about asthma, eczema and allergies usually being together. KUP on how his cough is and if he shows improvement.
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