Rattle in chest

Jessica - posted on 03/14/2010 ( 8 moms have responded )

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My 16 mo. old daughter has asthma and we have a nebulizer for her. We are supposed to give her treatments whenever she is wheezing. Lately she has a rattle sound in her chest and it goes away if we can get her to cough but it comes back within a few minutes. The breathing treatments do not seem to help, plus we have trouble getting her take the treatments all the way... anyway, has anyone else had this issue with the rattle in the chest? Should we be calling her doctor?

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If you do not yet have a pediatric pulmonologist I would recommend one for anyone dealing with an asthmatic child. A lot of pediatricians attempt to handle asthma in their office but sometimes you really need a specialist. If you have ANY question about the quality of your childs breathing go get it checked. Little ones can have pnuemonia and be up playing and no fever. We have experienced that several times. A chest x-ray is needed to totally be sure. Never be afraid to insist on one. A rattle in the airway as opposed to the actual chest area is called stridor and if a child is experiencing a lot of stridor they should be examined. We have learned the hard way, if ever in doubt about your childs quality of breathing follow your instincts and go get checked. Mom's get the "gut feeling" for a reason I believe it is God given!

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Angela - posted on 12/29/2012

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My daughter is almost 6. She has had a rattle sound in her chest since she was 18 months. We see an asthma specialist and he has given her inhalers and she does nebulizer treatments, but nothing seems to help. Last summer, the sound went away for about 4-6 wks. Does anyone know of any other remedies or treatments?

Audrey - posted on 03/28/2011

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My daughter is 2 1/2 and has been using her nebulizer since she was 17 months. It was very hard to get her to do it at first. We would have to hold her down which would make her really upset and make her breathing worse. She is use to it now and will even hold it on her face herself. We pretend like it is her elephant nose and we make noises and motions like an elephant. She will even ask for her treatment now when she feels bad. She has really come a long way since the days I would have to wrap her in a blanket to hold her in place!

Tina - posted on 03/03/2011

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Nebulizers can be very uncomfortable for young child because it does help you cough up what is on your chest. Try to keep her distracted when she is using it. When I was sick and in hospital as a child I use to help the nurses with the other children that needed their nebulizer by playing with puppets just anything that keeps them amused so the nebulizer can do it's job. Definately see your doctor as well to make sure it's nothing more severe. If you don't get anywhere take her to the Hospital Emergency Room. If you feel it's necessary. When I was younger my parents took me to the doctor and he said i just had a virus. They decided to take me to the hospital that night and it turned out I had pneumonia. Also ask about any asthma management programs.

Tricia - posted on 05/09/2010

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AT THAT AGE THEY WOULD HAVE THE RATTLE IN THE CHEST...MINE STILL HAS IT AND SHE'S 15 YEARS OLD...IF IT KEEPS UP TAKE HER TO DR....SHE MIGHT NEED TO BE PUT ON A LIGHT DOSE OF STEROIDS...KEEP IN FORMED.

Courtney - posted on 05/07/2010

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My son will be 14 month old in a few days and he has asthma and allergies..We have went through every wry you can possibly go through we also experienced the weezing on 3 different occasions all 3 times we got him checked out right away (as should you) But the first time it was just his asthma the 2nd time i still was worried so i got it checked he ended up haveing rsv even though we NEVER smoked around him or in our home the smoke can get on ur clothes if ur outside and a baby with asthma can get rsv soo much easier then a baby without asthma so be sure to get ur baby checked and last but not least and this one was more recent the weezing had returned after a few month of steady progress and now worries but i of course got it checked out and it was allergies my son got put on an anitbiotic for the wheezing and is now on zyrtec so def. go see your doctor in my opinion.. Dont wait for them to start spitting it up cause at that point 9-10 times they will already have some sort of infection in there lungs/chest..Hope i helped!

Emily - posted on 04/27/2010

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My best guess is that the rattle is mucus. When your daughter coughs, it'll clear since it's in the larger airways. If she is coughing anything up, you need to check it out. If it's white, then it's just the asthma. If it's anything other than white, I would take her in to see the doctor. Does she have allergies? I'm guessing you're giving her albuterol? Anyhow, I hope this helps a little... Hopefully by now you've figured out what's going on! Best of luck.

Mary - posted on 04/19/2010

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Hi my name is mary and my 17month old Daughter has breathing treatments as well , I usually just hold her on my lap and try to distract her via singing or just talking to ! so far this has worked for us! good luck!

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