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My son is going to turn 3 in September and he has been on some type of asthma medication every single day, for over a year. 8 months ago we were referred to a Pulmonary specialist, who felt that Brennan (my son) had a horrible lung infection that was misdiagnosed. He was given antibiotics and it cleared, until we started taking him off of his Beudesonide. Then it was back, but not as bad. We were told to use Albuterol and Beudesonide, which we did for a few more months. He was then given the antibiotic and it cleared again, until we tried to take him off of Beudesonide.
He currently receives nebulizer treatments of Albuterol and Beudesonide. I'm so frustrated for him because it backs him incredibly hyper and he is only able to sleep for roughy 7 hours a day (he used to sleep for 12 at night and then take a 2 hour nap). Does anyone have any advice? Anything that I should fight for or talk to his Pulmonary specialist about?
Xopenex is similar to Albuterol and functions the same way but has FAR less side effects... That is the only one we have used aside from a few instances when Xopenex was out of stock at several pharmacies... Pulmicort is a toughy though... There really isn't another one to trade that with. I would request a switch to Xopenex nebs and see if that will help him.
My son was put on Plumicort by our Allergist/Asthma doctor, but our Ped (who is familiar with asthma in young children) put my son on Flovent and took him off of Plumicort, which made a world of difference.. One thing I did not like about Plumicort was if it got into the eyes, it can cause glacoma.. At the time my son was 9 months old and I was unable to put a good seal on him due to him pushing the mask from his face. Flovent was a great choice for my son.. Maybe ask the doctor about it..
Seems that the ladies gave you some great advice. Also you might ask if there is something chewable that he can take daily to help. My son takes Singular and that helps keep things from settling in his lungs. We still use the neb or inhaler with albuterol during the winter or when he has a flare up but overall it has kept the infections out of his lungs better.