Jennifer - posted on 05/17/2011 ( 4 moms have responded )
My youngest (out of 4) is just 7 months. She has been hospitalized 4 times since birth, with only the first time being something other than respiratory (it was for jaundice). The last time she was in the hosp, her ped diagnosed her with reactive airway disease. My oldest was diagnosed with that when he was around 10 months, but only had a few minor episodes that he had to take breathing treatments for (no hospital stays), and out grew it by the age of 2. My little girl's issues seem to be totally different. She has had a croupy cough so many times this year, that I've lost count and started getting it at 3 months, when the doc told me it is uncommon for a child to have croup before the age of 6 months. When the doc diagnosed the RAD, she perscribed pulmicort and said that she only wanted my baby on it til the weather started getting nice (around the 2nd week in May), and then we could stop the treatments until about Oct when flu season started getting strong again. The week before last, my angel started with a croupy cough. It wasn't as bad as the other times, but it just didn't go away. I took her last Fri to the ped, because I wasn't sure about stopping the pulmicort with her haveing a croupy cough. When the doc listened to her, she could hear some wheezing. So, she said we weren't going to stop the pulmicort at all, and I had to add Albuterol treatments until the cough gets better. Here it is 5 days after starting the Albuterol, and the cough is no better. I take my daughter back to the ped for a re-check this afternoon, and am pretty sure she is still going to hear some faint wheezing. I'm just so scared that since everything has been so much worse for my daughter, that she isn't going to out grow this. Does she even have a chance, when she is wheezing while on pulmicort, has a croupy cough, and all last week it was 80+ degrees outside?