When was your child diagnosed with asthma?

Tamara - posted on 01/19/2009 ( 25 moms have responded )

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My son was 2 and his symptoms started after a bout with pneumonia. He's been on albuterol, pulmicort, singular, prednislone and so on. He's allergic to alot of foods/animals and so on so we are constantly trying to avoid triggers.

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Leeann - posted on 09/27/2011

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I noticed that, every time he gets congested it gets in his chest. he's always been very susceptible to that sort of thing. when he was diagnosed with excema something in me just told me my baby was going to wind up with a diagnosis of asthma.

Tamara - posted on 09/26/2011

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My son has allergies as well. He carries an epi-pen because of an allergy to animals. Not only do animals affect his asthma but he can have an anaphylactic reaction to them as well. Three things are common: asthma, allergies and excema. They almost always go hand in hand.

Leeann - posted on 09/26/2011

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my son was just diagnosed a week ago, but he started with the symptoms when he was 4 or 5. he wasnt on anything until six months ago when they put him on advair.

then just last week we were rushing him to the hospital. i dont think i will ever get over seeing my sons oxygen levels drop every time he moved. we plan on getting him tested for allergies as well, because they are unsure if it was caused by his allergies (which are bad this time of year) or if its activity induced.

Jane - posted on 05/06/2011

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My daughter was in 7th grade when she was diagnosed with asthma. She was a track star but would have asthma attacks frequently when running. She tried several things but for her an Albuterol inhaler just beofre and then just after the race seemed to do the trick.

I was diagnosed in my 30's. All of my previous allergy symptoms were skin reactions. I no longer have daily bouts, but I tend to have an attack, a severe one resulting in intubation, when under sedation. As a result, anesthesiologists run screaming from the room when they see I am the patient.

Donna - posted on 05/06/2011

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Besides the allergic part, this sounds like my daughter. She was diagnosed at 2 after a bout with pneumonia as well. It was a very scary time for me. Each child reacts differently with asthma depending on their severity. My child is just as active as any other child her age, which is 9. You will begin to figure out triggers and also things to do to help them be "as normal" as they can be. You will know when to have them take rests and I limit her outside times in very hot weather and on the days when the air is not so great, I forgot what that is called.

Abbie - posted on 03/24/2011

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I am asthmatic as well and saw early signs in my 2 year old as early as 3 months old (mild wheezing during sinus colds, coughing, allergy symptoms all the time). It came to an unavoidable point when he had pneumonia at 13m and then 3 more episodes within 5 months. At that point we put him on Singulair on a trial basis and 3m later checked him out. Because of his great improvement on the medication, and his symptom history, our doctor has called it mild-occasional. Honestly, I'm grateful for this -- that trigger control and early meds is keeping him at a mild level. I was not so lucky, as I lived with a smoker and had severe asthma, plus didn't get on regular meds until Singulair came out when I was 15. I'm much worse than my little boy because of that history. Now at 2, he will take a rescue inhaler if needed, but does the nebs better (only needs when he has a bad virus). Very interesting when I have to run the machine 2x -- one for him and one for me. It's some weird bonding :S lol -- but I praise God for modern medicine and awareness because I know I wouldn't be able to keep up with my kids without it. And knowing that it gives my son a chance at a normal life gives me peace.

Abbie - posted on 03/24/2011

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I am asthmatic as well and saw early signs in my 2 year old as early as 3 months old (mild wheezing during sinus colds, coughing, allergy symptoms all the time). It came to an unavoidable point when he had pneumonia at 13m and then 3 more episodes within 5 months. At that point we put him on Singulair on a trial basis and 3m later checked him out. Because of his great improvement on the medication, and his symptom history, our doctor has called it mild-occasional. Honestly, I'm grateful for this -- that trigger control and early meds is keeping him at a mild level. I was not so lucky, as I lived with a smoker and had severe asthma, plus didn't get on regular meds until Singulair came out when I was 15. I'm much worse than my little boy because of that history. Now at 2, he will take a rescue inhaler if needed, but does the nebs better (only needs when he has a bad virus). Very interesting when I have to run the machine 2x -- one for him and one for me. It's some weird bonding :S lol -- but I praise God for modern medicine and awareness because I know I wouldn't be able to keep up with my kids without it. And knowing that it gives my son a chance at a normal life gives me peace.

Donna - posted on 08/25/2010

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hi my son woz 6 months old when they knew it woz asthma he had an asthma attack it woz a bad 1 he woz in hospital for a week and my daighter woz 11 yrs old when she woz diagnoised wiv asthma .

Ashley - posted on 02/04/2010

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my daughter is almost 3 and she has been on breathing treatments since she was less than a month old. diagnosed with asthma sometime under a year. shes been on numerous meds. i wouldnt suggest the singular tho because it contains an artificial sweetner. she had rsv and bronchtis when she was 2 weeks old. she get bronchtis at the drop of a hat it seems and the drs cant tell me what exactly it is making her sick. we have done an allergy test but nothing came back with a high reaction. only milk and cats with mild reaction.

Chelle - posted on 10/12/2009

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My son was diagnosed w/ asthma at 13 months. It was something we knew he had since birth but it took forever to offcially diagnose him. He got RSV earlier this yr and has been on treatments since. He was also born at 33 weeks and 6 days and was in the NICU for a week. He also has severe GERD and dysphagia and tracheomalacia and bronchomalacia and aspirates his reflux. He hasn't been hospitalized yet but we have had many close calls. He also has frequent blue episodes where his lips, around his lips, finger tips and toes will turn blue. We have no definite answer as to what that is about.

Kimberly - posted on 10/12/2009

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My son Hunter is 8 and was officially diagnosed at around 2-1/2. His asthma is more seasonal though and closely related to his seasonal allergies. Fall and spring are the worst times for us. He very rarely has attacks in the summer and only if he gets sick in the winter. Thankfully he has never been hospitalized but there were a good number of ER/Urgent care trips before he was finally controlled.

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hi my name is geraldine! my son is 3yrs old n has asthma, having read some of the posts i dont think hes as bad as some people with it, but its scary and heartbreaking when he has to have the nebuliser like just last week or when hes playing with friends he has fits of coughing and has to rest for awhile, hopefuly he might grow out of it as some kids do!

Amber - posted on 07/30/2009

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Good news on my part. For now the specialist says my daughter doesn't have asthma. She was suffering from post-bronchiolitic reactive airway disease. She needs to see him again in October and if she starts having trouble again in the fall/winter or anytime in between then he will label her with asthma. I did learn one thing that kinda upset me. I was told that I could administer the pulmacort in the same manner as the albuterol, by just blowing at her while she was breathing in and out. I learned that not only was she not getting enough of it in her to do any good but by not using a mask the medication could have caused damage to her eyes. So a warning to any parent not using a mask with the pulmacort you really need to.

Emily - posted on 07/30/2009

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I have 6 year old twins & they were diagnosed w/ asthma/allergies at 4. They should've been diagnosed sooner but their pediatrician wanted to make sure before he put them on any medications.It was a long hard road trying to figure out the right medication combo to keep them flare up free. They still get bronchitis at least once a year. My boys are VERY active but thankfully we know what to look for now & we know how to control it.

Alyssa - posted on 07/05/2009

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I have a 2 and half yr. old...she has had problems since birth but they didnt want to diagnosed it as asthma....it was always do this and do that ....even after she was rushed to the hospital at 14 months....they said oh she just has pneumonia and so on....it wasnt until seen a specialist for both allergies and asthma who said yes she has it....lets put her on some meds to keep it under control....at this time she was 1 and a half.....she is now on flovent, singulair, zyrtec, and albuterol by machine as needed....she sees a specialist at the hopsital every 6 months......

Amber - posted on 06/29/2009

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My daughters conditions has escalated to the point where she required a third chest x-ray and the pulmacort alone wasn't keeping her well. The doc put her on singulair which really seems to be keeping her allergies at bay. She sees a pulminologist on the 9th so we will see what course of treatment he will recommend. I am hoping to loose a med rather than gain one but we will see. I am not 100% sure what her allergy triggers are but due to her response to the singulair we are fairly sure that most of her problems are allergy related. I am terrified to get her around anyone who smokes because I know that it can be a trigger for me. I hope all of you Mommies are doing well with your babies. I know how tough it can be to have your child constantly sick.

Annie - posted on 06/29/2009

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Hi my daughter was sick all the time since she was a small baby but no one would tell me what was wrong with her, it was a very frustrating time i had many an arguement with some doctors, finally they said she might have asthma, but they said they couldnt diagnosed a child under the age of one year old with asthma.. we have tried alot of medicines, but reading some of your quotes alot of you have been through alot more than me. the uncontrolling coughting and the vomiting use to really upset me, but the one thing that worked for my daughter was a warm cup of strong tea with a teaspoon of sugar and a splash of milk it seemed to stop the cough so if this can help anybody im glad it's a terrable time for both parent and child

Amber - posted on 04/23/2009

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My 14 month old was diagnosed with asthma today. She has been sick all winter with bronchiolitis and then pneumonia. She was well for about a month when she started wheezing again. We have been giving her the albuterol via nebulizer every four hours since monday and it is hit or miss whether that will take her four hours without wheezing. Her doctor put her on pulmacort today, we haven't started it yet because the pharmacy didn't have it in stock. Any advice and tips on this medication or on the asthma in general would be very helpful

Mandy - posted on 02/27/2009

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Hello! I'm new to this. It helps to know there are other kids like mine. My 2 yr old son has been so sick every since he has been born. He has Asthma and so does my daughter. My son is sick with pneumonia now doing breathing treatments. It seems like sometimes they just don't know what to do with my kids. It gets frustrating at times.

Jessica - posted on 02/27/2009

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I have a 19 month old Zander just found out he has asthma FEB 23 after finally took him to allergy doctor because his ped doctor was not giving him anything for his cough and wheezing that he has had for a year now. Now just yesterday took him to er for fever and he has pneumonia now. My poor baby fills so bad. He is taking for asthma -duradryl syrup twice a day-budesonide inhalation twice a day in neb-then xopenex every four hours in neb> I just feel lost for him because I feel like he has been through so much he is sick all of the time. I just don't know much a about asthma just learning as I go. Any information will be helpful I just want to feel better.

Dawn - posted on 01/24/2009

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Hi Tamara. My name is Dawn and my daughter was diagnosed when she was 6. Hers started with 2 bouts of pneumonia. She was on singulair and flovent with no help, and is still on albuterol and takes Advair 2 times a day and prednisone when needed. She is allergic to alot of things, as well as bananas very badly and mosquitos and so we also have an EpiPen for her and continuously try to avoid any other triggers. Since starting Advair in June she has done quite well, with only minimal instead of daily attacks.

Tamara - posted on 01/20/2009

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Hugs to you Tanya! It must be so hard and frustrating to have two kids with asthma/health issues! I know how helpless I feel with my own sons issues. I am glad that you found this site and hopefully we all can benefit from each other on this issue. :)



I started this site because I haven't found one on here that is just for moms with kids with asthma so I am hoping others will find this site and be able to find help here as well as contribute ideas and new news on research and such!



Tamara

Tanya - posted on 01/20/2009

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We have two children Jasmine, she's 9 and was first diagnosed at 11 months. She is on ventilen and flovent and singular. She has been on almost everything, and is on prednizone all the time. She has been going to Sickkids since she was two, she goes every two months for PFT test.



Our son Zander age 4 got RSV as a three weeks old and has been hospitalized 20 times most durations being a week at a time and usually on oxygen. He is sick all the time and is on the same meds as his sister, we also have the oxygen machine at home. Both our kids have been rush to hospital by ambulance.



I have no one to talk to or ask questions to about asthma and there kids, as none of my friends or family understand.



They both also have life threating allergies. 



Any conversations would be great.



 



Thanks for reading,



Tanya

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