Exercised-induced Asthma question! Help!

Joli - posted on 04/14/2012 ( 3 moms have responded )

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My son has been coughing a lot after running around inside and outside and especially at night when he's sleeping. This started recently and I'm worried because I have severe asthma and his father has severe allergies. Took him to his ped. and he said he probably has exercise-induced asthma/allergies. He wants him to take Singulair (powder form)...but we're very hesitant as we've heard bad things about Singulair an the side effects.



I'm very familiar with Asthma, and am hoping that this is light asthma. I'm not thrilled about having to put my 2 year old on steroids or albuterol yet. But, I'll do whatever I have to do to allow him to breathe with ease.



Right now, I'm giving him Zyrtec. It's helping somewhat, but it's not stopped the coughing. I've called his ped. to get a referral to an allergist and a ped. pulmonologist, but he's really pushing us to give him Singulair. It's frustrating...he's OUR child and my gut feeling is not to give him this medicine!!!



Can anyone tell me an alternative to Singulair? I didn't think there was any for a 2 year old. But, any suggestions are welcome! Also, if you have negative or positive feedback for Singulair, feel free to share.



Thanks!

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Courtney - posted on 08/14/2014

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I truly think singulair is the best for exersize induced asthma. One of my twins was in nicu when he was born and his lungs weren't fully developed. He uses singulair and an inhaler when doing sports and it has really worked well for him.

Dianna Lee - posted on 12/20/2012

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Hi! I have a two year old also, I'd given her the powder form of singulair. I would try to stick with the nebulizer and associated meds. I gave my daughter singular and between that and Zyrtec will NEVER do it again, her behavior changed so much it was shocking! I'm not saying it would happen with your son but please just be careful. I know its difficult, I'm a very bad asthmatic and don't like to see the symptoms in my child :(

Tina - posted on 04/30/2012

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Just be persistant or find another doctor who'll listen if you're not comfortable putting him on steroids then he needs to listen. I completely understand where you are coming from. I was heavily medicated as a child for asthma with nasty side affects. I'm sure there could be alternatives I found ways of managing my asthma with diet and trying to avoid triggers. You can't stop your child running around, I know that's practically impossible. I did swimming for a while as a kid. I too use to get asthma particularly when I excersised. I'd take my ventolin before I went swimming. Which is meant to be a reliever but it seemed to help keep the attacks away. I think it's a matter of finding what works best for you son. Your doctor should certainly help find a good way to manage his asthma by refering to an allergist and even looking into diet.

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