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July 1st, 2011, 10:25 AM
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Hello, I am new to this board but not Jm. Name is Stephanie , I have 3 little ones.. a 6yr old son named Rhys, 3.5yr old son named Rhylee and Daughter named Jessa who is 10months.

My 3yr old son has been coughing for the past year. When he coughs he coughs up phlegm. Everytime I take him to the doctor he just says respiratory infection. But for instance this morning he was wrestling with his brother and starting coughing a whole lot. He hates going outside and playing, which is unusual for a boy in my eyes. His eyes are never red or watery. His nose goes between stuffy sounding.. but never runs and then back to normal. But he does cough a LOT and it always brings stuff up.

Does this sound like it could possibly be asthma or allergies? I just dont buy that its a respiratory infection because this is constant.

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July 2nd, 2011, 02:14 AM
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My guess would be allergies.. Asthma after all is caused by a trigger caused by allergies.. Can you ask for a allergy test? I'd suggest a blood test just to see what may be causing his cough..

From my experience with my son is that they clue in on asthma when they are wheezing or not breathing right for a period of time.. My son has never had a wheezing asthma attack, but his is coughing type of asthma attack.. It's constant but not that much phlem. To this day he still has a bit of wheezing in his lungs and he's on long term meds for his asthma control. He has hay fever which makes things a bit difficult. My son has only had one upper respitory infection and that was hell for us.. Thankfully it only happened once.. Asthma + URI = Awful Combination..

My son was diagnosed with Asthma at 9 months old, but his symptoms started at 4 months old after he was hospitalized for five days with broncholiits.. Basically needed oxygen to breath.. From what I read online and from some mommies on here, they usually don't diagnose a child with asthma until 3 years old. Same goes with hayfever.. But there are exceptions, like my son..
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July 2nd, 2011, 12:23 PM
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Thanks for the response, what kind of blood test should I ask for? They have said he has chest wheezing on more then one visit,but he told us it was a respiratory infection. So not sure..
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July 2nd, 2011, 04:55 PM
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Does he snore? My son was diagnosed...at give or take 1y. I initially took him to his primary care doc cuz he was snoring and coughing a lot. She then sent us to a pulmonologist, who diagnosed him with asthma after a lung function test. If your clinic has a child specialist in breathing and allergies, ask for a referral. Our pulmo doc told us that the peds. docs dont have up-to-date info on how asthma is presenting these days, so I think its best to just be safe.

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July 2nd, 2011, 05:01 PM
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They kept telling us my son just had bronchitis and would treat and he would get better. It wasn't until they heard his lungs during a well child visit and heard the wheezing that they diagnosed asthma. He had been suffering since he was 6 months old. He was three when he was diagnosed. Some dr's won't diagnosis until 3 or even 5 from my understanding. I would for sure check for allergies. Sometimes with asthma the problem is the lungs can't seem to get the gunk out and so they cough more or get more colds. I hope you get some answers soon, sounds like he is not happy. Welcome to the board. Feel free to poke around, ask questions and join in.
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July 2nd, 2011, 07:51 PM
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Thank you for the responses. So what type of specialist should I ask his pediatrician for a referral too?
Luckily his doctor is very proactive and will run any test I think is needed etc.
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July 2nd, 2011, 08:45 PM
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Does he snore? My son was diagnosed...at give or take 1y. I initially took him to his primary care doc cuz he was snoring and coughing a lot. She then sent us to a pulmonologist, who diagnosed him with asthma after a lung function test. If your clinic has a child specialist in breathing and allergies, ask for a referral. Our pulmo doc told us that the peds. docs dont have up-to-date info on how asthma is presenting these days, so I think its best to just be safe.

Good luck
He doesn't snore, but I will have him looked at because him coughing ALL the time, especially after running and playing really has me worrying its something more then just congestion.. because he sounds congested 24/7
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July 3rd, 2011, 10:03 PM
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Ask to see a pediatric Pulmonologist. Sounds like a lung function test may be needed. Now that I think about it, my daughter coughed all the time for months it seemed, and since she's being "treated" for asthma, I haven't heard her cough anymore.
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July 6th, 2011, 12:49 PM
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Well I took both my boys to the dr because they both have the same symptoms. There pedi diagnosed them with RAD- Reactive Airway Disease, however he said if they start needing more and more treatments and its not getting controlled they will make the diagnose of Asthma.

When we got there he listened to there lungs and said they both had wheezing, he then had them do a breathing treatment. he listened again and there lungs were clear. Thats how he came to the conclusion of RAD.
does this sound about right?

He said , like I mentioned above that if it gets worse he will then dx it as asthma and they will start new meds.
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July 6th, 2011, 04:06 PM
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Yes that sounds normal. If they can control it without a bunch of invasive stuff they will. Getting an asthma diagnoisis can limit what they can do later in life if the diagnosis isn't kept on. Probably sounds silly but no reason to say asthma if it isn't IMO. Did he give you a treatment plan? Meds to try?
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July 6th, 2011, 10:10 PM
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They already take singulair 4mg and 5mg.
And he said to start giving both of them albuteral breathing treatments every 4hrs and as needed.
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July 6th, 2011, 10:13 PM
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We do singular and do neb treatments when he has a flare up. It has kept his asthma at bay. I hope it does the same for you guys.
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July 10th, 2011, 09:06 AM
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We just got back from vacation so I ust saw this! Our allergist/asthma doc won't diagnose asthma until 5 years old for insurance reasons. He treats him as an asthma patient and Danny is on asthma meds but they just keep him under the diagnosis until the age of 5 and if he has no signs of growing out of it then he will diagnose him with asthma at that point. Danny is on Advair HFA 121/25 with a watchhaler, singulair 4mg, xopenex 1.25 and pulmicort .5 as needed. Right now he is on Xop every 3 hours during the day and every 4-5 hours at night because he has adnovirus. It is a nasty version of a URI... He will start pulmicort as well tonight if he continues on the same track he is on now. That will be no more often than every 12 hours due to the Advair having a similar steroid.

I'm glad your doc is so proactive about things. It is insanely helpful for your children when your doctor is on board.
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July 13th, 2011, 01:59 AM
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I hope your new treatment plan works..



Have you thought about a allergy blood test.. I believe there's two panals.. Both are testing for food and one tests for common allergies.. You might be surprised what might be causing his breathing problems. There's also a blood test that checks common pollen allergies in your area.. I say this because I found out later on with a blood test that my son is severely allergic to cat dander (6+) which is one of his asthma triggers.. I wish I would have known that when he was a baby.. My cat use to hang around him.
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How are the boys doing?
Better I hope.
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I think it depends on the pediatricians/Allergy/Asthma doctors as far as diagnosing Asthma goes.

Frederick was diagnosed a few months back with Asthma and is now on Pulmicort and Xopenex for his Asthma plus Allegra, Singular, and a nose spray to try to control the allergies.

I hope their RAD stays under control.
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