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April 17th, 2011, 06:42 PM
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I'm just wondering..

Do you give your child the nebulizer without first seeing a doctor?

We have a few refills for Nathan's meds.. albueterol and pulmicort... but I'm not sure if it's ok for me to give them on my own without first seeing a doctor?

Also - the albueterol is to give "as needed"... how do you know when to give the albueterol or just the pulmicort?

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April 17th, 2011, 07:58 PM
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With Qwilleran every time he gets sick I start his nebs up his pediatrician actually told me to do it that way but I always make sure the meds aren't expired. My son is actually old enough now to where he will tell me he needs a neb because he can't breathe well.
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April 17th, 2011, 08:30 PM
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You should speak to your Ped about this. There is a difference between albuterol and Plumicort. Have a plan on what steps to do when your son starts showing signs.

I give my son albuterol treatments when he shows signs of an attack.. He is also on Flovent which is an inhalor for long term prevention..

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April 17th, 2011, 09:31 PM
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We got instructions from our dr when to start it. So our dr told us when to start and when to just come in. When he starts coughing we start treatments and we just get refills as needed. She checks on him at all well child checks. We go in if I can't get it under control or if its been a couple days and he isn't improving.

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April 18th, 2011, 08:59 PM
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With frederick, he gets pulmicort daily unless its acting up/showing asthma attack
signs then its 2x a day per his allergist/asthma
specialist. He gets albuterol as needed.

I would call the dr before giving your lo those if you arent sure. They're two different things.

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April 20th, 2011, 11:35 AM
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Thanks for the advice girls!

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April 22nd, 2011, 03:28 PM
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It looks like you got your answer. I agree with all the others. After he has used them for a while you will get the routine down of when he needs one or the other or both. It took a while for us but now the allergist/asthma doc just says to call when we need refills, come in if he doesn't start to get better within 48 hours, or if he gets worse at all within the first 24 hours.

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