I have a 3 year old with asthma. He has an UNCONTROLABLE cough. He's on Singulair, Albuterol and Pulmicort and he cannot stop coughing. He also has a runny nose and a fever. Any advise????? Usually the Albuterol works!!!

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Melissa - posted on 03/16/2009

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Maybe he needs a steroid to get it under control! I hope he is doing better!

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Michelle - posted on 03/24/2009

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Do you thnk he is being over medicated for his age. Sometimes a second opinion helps. My neice nose runs all the the time but when I usa a humidifier or vaporizer it stops. So you might want to try pluging one up in the room he is mostly in.

Dana - posted on 03/23/2009

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We found out that our son had asthma when he was 6m old & he was on a variety of Rx for 10 yrs before we finally had enough. The meds didn't always stop the attack or help to manage. I began to see them as a band-aid. There is a lot of really good advice above from these moms who have had to look else where for help for their kids. After making a lot of changes in diet we were finally able to stop ALL the meds. He is now 15 & hasn't had, not needed an inhaler in about 4 yrs. We took out all major allergen foods, wheat, corn, dairy, high fructose corn syrup(this is the biggest one) & a lot of dyes. We didn't realize how angry he was & out of control until we took him off of his Rx. Anyway, I know there is a place for those meds, but it is so easy to over medicate & they over did it on my son many times. My son still takes hot steam showers, just makes him feel good he says, but we don't have to do them anymore to loosen up his airways.

Heather - posted on 03/23/2009

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My daughter has cough variant asthma and for the times when it got out of control, they gave her Oral Steroids, Orapred. I would call your physician and see what they can do.

Joanne - posted on 03/23/2009

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WOW! Shelly my answer to you is this "we are fearfully and wonderfully made!" Trust in God's own creation for a permanent solution. Check out www.litehousenutrition.com for your entire familie's health needs-we got rid of allergies, migraines, recurring coughs, snoring, etc. all through the use of these wonderful herbals!

Melissa - posted on 03/21/2009

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My nephew also has asthma & was on the albuterol nebulizer when he was younger. He did not like & would scream & fight. I found that if we made it a game & we sang songs & things like that he would calm down & it was much easier. Also, the make masks for the nebulizer & some are even cool animal shapes. Ask your dr & see if you can get one of these. The mask was part of the problem with my nephew-he was scare of it. They didn't make the cool animal ones when he was little but that might help with your little one.

Louise - posted on 03/21/2009

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Quoting Melissa:

Maybe he needs a steroid to get it under control! I hope he is doing better!


very good advise, take him to the doc asap it could get worse,

Laurie - posted on 03/21/2009

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I found that my son gets similiar symptoms when his allergies to red 4o food dye, pet hair and dust act up.  Have you had him tested by an allergist?  Might want to consider that as well.

Angie - posted on 03/20/2009

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you may have to hold him down for the nebulizer. My little boy did the same. but if you can use it, it really helps alot.

Angie - posted on 03/20/2009

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While the medicine is good (I have a three year old who WAS on all the same meds). You might want to change things around your house. Try using less chemicals in and around the house. Make small substitutions like using vinegar and water to clean windows and mirrors, a good old fashion damp rag to dust, taking up carpet, using higher grade filters and change them every 2 months. go to the green guide on the national geographic website. Asthma can also be triggered by allergies, so you might want to get him tested for that. Cod liver oil works WONDERS!



But please, see your doctor to get it under control first. I hope this helps you and your little man.



**Is he on the breathing machine or liquid albuterol? The brething machine really cleared up my son when the liquid stopped working.

Shelly - posted on 03/19/2009

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Connie, thank you sooooo much. There was some very vlauable information in there I did not know, especially about the cool mist humidifier. He has had one in his room while he sleeps for aver a year and a half. Should I just get alternate flooring in his room? We have a 4400sf house, mostly carpet. How about sitting in a room with the shower on and have him breathing the steam? Also using the nebulizer and aerochamber are near impossible. He fights me so much, he cries hysterically and I don't know if he's even getting any of it????

Shelly - posted on 03/19/2009

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Quoting Connie:



First, let me say, if you have never had experience with a child in respiratory distress due to asthma, immediate response is a must.  Yes, there are things that may be done to HELP their condition, but certain medications must be given at times in order to save their lives!!!  My daughter had her 1st attack out of the blue at 10 months old.  She is now 13 and continues to see her pulmonologist and take preventive medications.  The lower lobe of her left lung collapsed at 11 months old from trying to breathe.  Thankfully, she has not been hospitialized since she was 1 year old.  She was in Children's 4 different times within 4 consecutive months, tested for RSV, cystic fibrosis, the whole 9 yards.  The worst advice I see you have been given is to use humidifiers.  This is NOT something you should do.  The water in them produces a very fine mist which cause and carry mold spores.  If the carpet (which is also not good-do hardwood) gets wet, it produces tiny mold spores.  Use mattress and pillow encasements made especially for allergies.  Pets, another no-no.  Pet dander is a trigger.  Fish tanks or bowls produce those same mold spores!!  Birds are the worst pets to own due to the extra fine mist of dander they shed.  Keep the bedroom as free of dust as possible and launder bedsheets in HOT water every other day.  Smoke is a given.  We all know its not good for anything.  Allergy shots...we did that for several years also.  They seemed to work for the time we did them.  It was a weekly trip to the Dr because a physicians office had to give them.  They caused injection site reactions EVERY time.  She got shots in each arm.  Her pulmonologist has thouroughly researched allergy shots, and does not see any evidence that they help enough to bother.  He advised that I take her off of them and agreed to pay for testing again if she worsened and had to be placed back on them.  She has been off for over two years and has had zero change.  She has been just fine thank the Lord!!  Find a good doctor.  We have an excellent pediatrician as I am sure you do.  However, ask him to refer you to a pulmonologist--they are specialists after all.  Most will not do that on their own, so ASK.  This is your child and you want the best care possible for him.  I hope this helps and I will remember you in my prayers.





 

Jocelyn - posted on 03/18/2009

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Alot of the cleaners we use in our homes have chemicals in them that can cause asthma. You should try some natural based products. I have converted my whole home over. If you want more info on some great products you can email me @ jocelyn_gagne@hotmail.com

Connie - posted on 03/18/2009

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First, let me say, if you have never had experience with a child in respiratory distress due to asthma, immediate response is a must.  Yes, there are things that may be done to HELP their condition, but certain medications must be given at times in order to save their lives!!!  My daughter had her 1st attack out of the blue at 10 months old.  She is now 13 and continues to see her pulmonologist and take preventive medications.  The lower lobe of her left lung collapsed at 11 months old from trying to breathe.  Thankfully, she has not been hospitialized since she was 1 year old.  She was in Children's 4 different times within 4 consecutive months, tested for RSV, cystic fibrosis, the whole 9 yards.  The worst advice I see you have been given is to use humidifiers.  This is NOT something you should do.  The water in them produces a very fine mist which cause and carry mold spores.  If the carpet (which is also not good-do hardwood) gets wet, it produces tiny mold spores.  Use mattress and pillow encasements made especially for allergies.  Pets, another no-no.  Pet dander is a trigger.  Fish tanks or bowls produce those same mold spores!!  Birds are the worst pets to own due to the extra fine mist of dander they shed.  Keep the bedroom as free of dust as possible and launder bedsheets in HOT water every other day.  Smoke is a given.  We all know its not good for anything.  Allergy shots...we did that for several years also.  They seemed to work for the time we did them.  It was a weekly trip to the Dr because a physicians office had to give them.  They caused injection site reactions EVERY time.  She got shots in each arm.  Her pulmonologist has thouroughly researched allergy shots, and does not see any evidence that they help enough to bother.  He advised that I take her off of them and agreed to pay for testing again if she worsened and had to be placed back on them.  She has been off for over two years and has had zero change.  She has been just fine thank the Lord!!  Find a good doctor.  We have an excellent pediatrician as I am sure you do.  However, ask him to refer you to a pulmonologist--they are specialists after all.  Most will not do that on their own, so ASK.  This is your child and you want the best care possible for him.  I hope this helps and I will remember you in my prayers.

Brooke - posted on 03/17/2009

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Does he sleep with a cool mist humidifier in his room? Also try cupping your hand in a "C" shape and pat his all over his back. This will loosen the mucus in his lungs. It will make him cough a bit more, but it will help him get up the yucky stuff. It is okay if he swallows it, if you can get him to spit it out that would be better. I have lived with asthma my whole life and my son's flares up seasonally. Hope he is doing better.

Caroline - posted on 03/17/2009

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Wow. Let me first say that I honestly have no experience with this. It just scares me that he's on so many presciprtions. I suggest looking into some natural solutions. Do the vents in your home need to be cleaned? Do you own a pet? Try a humidifier.



My pastor recently reminded his church that when faced with bad news, in this case your son having asthema, God will take away the first option and give you a second one. He reminded us that it begins with the words you speak. Do not claim your son's asthema. Stop giving the asthema authority over your son's life. Instead speak words of faith. Pray over him. "Your son is healed in Jesus' name!"



Get him off so many medications. But most importatly do some research. Do not depend on just your doctor's input alone. Too many are just quick to prescribe something,



Good luck! Have faith.

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Has his ears been checked?? My son was supposed to have had asthma too. We was using singular, flovent and albuturol as well. He also had lots of ear infections, but after having tubes put in his ears he hasn't had any asthma like symptoms. He hasn't taken singular or his inhalers since and it has been about 2 years. So all of our problems seem to have been ear relate. Good luck, I hope you get it all worked out

Shelly - posted on 03/16/2009

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Quoting Angie:

Oh - Liquid Orapred usually helps if we do flare up.



That's what our Pediatrician prescribed today.



 



Thanks so much!

Shelly - posted on 03/16/2009

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Quoting Angie:

We have found that if we do 1/2 tsp of Zyrtec every morning and 1 1/2 tsp of Benadryl and Flovent 2 puffs every night at bedtime, then we really maintain control. We also do Singulair every night and Albuterol as needed when he has a flare up. He is 3 and about 32 lbs. Hope this helps. Has your son been allergy tested?



No he hasn't been allergy tested. My pediatrician said treatment would be the same with Singulair. We went to the Dr. today and she added liquid Pred for 4 days and we switched to an aerochamber for the Albuterol, he was fighting it too much. I hope we get some rest tonight!!



 



Thank you!!!!

Carole - posted on 03/16/2009

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My son had horrible asthma as a child, old fashioned help...steam bath!  Turn your shower onto HOT, then sit in there with your son on your lap for a while (in the bathroom, NOT the shower!..LOL) I used to sit on the toilet (sometimes with a pillow, that cover is hard and cold!) and we would sing, tell stories, whatever to pass the time. Then take him back out into a cool room. WARNING... his nose may run like a tap! If you don't already have a humidifier in his room, may I suggest getting one.  Hope this helps..God Bless!!

Shari - posted on 03/16/2009

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he sounds like he has the virus that's going around.  Call the doctor, keep him very well hydrated (no milk products), probably needs steriod to get back under control.  This is going around bad, and people who have respiratory problems are more suseptible and have more trouble with respiratory symptoms.

Angie - posted on 03/16/2009

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We have found that if we do 1/2 tsp of Zyrtec every morning and 1 1/2 tsp of Benadryl and Flovent 2 puffs every night at bedtime, then we really maintain control. We also do Singulair every night and Albuterol as needed when he has a flare up. He is 3 and about 32 lbs. Hope this helps. Has your son been allergy tested?

Samantha - posted on 03/16/2009

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www.betterhealthinfo.net/4you2 states that they have products for asthma and children's health-just thought you may want to look into

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