my son has allergies, and asthma but he seems to cough all the time. i have humidifiers, plus the allergist doctor has him on medicine but nothing is helping, he keeps the cough and most the time the congestion with it. Have any of you had any problems like this??

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Jeanette - posted on 02/17/2009

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Same exact problem here.  I finally had a doctor put him on an antibotic for three weeks and a decongestant.  the cough keeps comeing back because they never truely clear it up completely.  It has helped for our son, not a cough since



 

Lori - posted on 07/13/2011

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This has been a very bad year for this. My husband has had allergies and Asthma a long time. We do not use humidifiers or vaporizers due to the mold that accumulate due to the moisture. We use air conditioners and clean the air filters and vents often.

Michelle - posted on 02/17/2009

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Tammy,

Have you removed the toxins out of your home which can cause respitory irritation along with the personal care products he uses. Most people are not aware of this however I became aware when one of my twins at 6 months old had been on nebalizing treatment after treatment they wanted to lable him as asthmatic and that is when I started doing research. Just a few ideas Lysol horrible has pesticides in it, most tooth paste have formaldehyde along with shampoos and body lotions. When I changed over his products along with what I cleaned and did laundry with he never has been on a treatment. Just my thoughts.

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Cyndee - posted on 07/12/2011

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What are the allergies? Sounds like milk and wheat. Have you tried natural therapies?

Teresa - posted on 07/11/2011

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My son was born 3 moths early and came home with a nenulizer, AS well as alot of other equipment like oxygen. We had to use the nebulizer as few times as we can count on one hand. He is allergic to dust and dog dander. We have a min pin, no problems. We live in an old country farmhouse, dust every where no matter what. He is on Allegra, and nasonex. The singulair got cut out once he had tubes put in, they have since fallen out. As long as he takes his meds, no issues. But if he misses a few days he will start to cough at nnight and sniffle.

MsYvonne - posted on 07/11/2011

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yes i go thru the same thing with my 2yr old everynite! i give him atleast 2 treatments everynite! im going crazy cuz i have a hard time getting him comfortable!!!!

Marcelle - posted on 02/18/2009

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Quoting Tammy:

How do you remove the toxins out of your home and what products did you change to as far as cleaning, washing clothes, shampoo, soaps, toothpaste, etc. My son is 6 and he takes singulair at bedtime, allegra in the morning and at bedtime, advair-6 puffs in the morning and at bedtime. this is what the allergist dr put him on but now with the coughing and congestion his pediatric dr said to start the albuterol inhaler every 4 hours and now we have done this for a week and still no help. He is allergic to dust, dust mytes (bed-bugs), and wheat. I am just tired of him having to take all this medicine and him being at such a young age.



Hi Tammy,



 



We have only moved to natural and less cleaning products.



 



A week is not a long time in this. Albuterol is a dilator (here we use Ventolin), what my daughter often needed to take at that ages with the dilator was a maintainer, Atrovent, no idea what it would be called in the US.  She also takes a longer term maintainer every night, Flixotide.



 



I am not sure if you were recommended to give 6 puffs morning and night because he is at school. From all our education in this it would be much better to have more regular, smaller doses. Can't the school help?



 



I hear you on all the medicine, it is a constant worry. Especially at a young age, and that it is possibly going to be life long to some degree. The asthma dosages will go down once you find the regime you need. Just rather than cut back too early, make sure he is making good progress at the prescribed dosages first.



 



~~~~~ It is a very stressful time. It will get easier. Us mums need iron backs sometimes to get through all this even though our hearts are just breaking.  ~~~~~

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My son was on a daily nasal spray (fluticasone) due to the constant congestion and coughing. Once the rhinitis cleared up, he didn't need as much medication. We also have to use fragrance free soaps and detegents because he has eczema along with all his allergies. I see you already have to avoid wheat products. Have you tried to remove any other things from his diet to see if there is any improvement? My son didn't show any concrete food allergies other than peanut, but I have seen alot of improvement after removing wheat and dairy. Removing wheat alone didn't do it though. Unfortunately, every kid is different and what works for one doesn't work for then next. Finding the cause of the allergy and avoiding it definitely helps but some things you can't get away from.  Allergies are an immune response and something has gotten our kids' immune system in a tizzy. I have spent the last couple of months trying a modified diet and suppliments suggested for balancing the immune system. Believe it or not, I have seen improvement. Keep looking and trying different things until you find what works for your son. I know how frustrating it can get, but don't give up. Eventually something will work for him.

Tammy - posted on 02/18/2009

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How do you remove the toxins out of your home and what products did you change to as far as cleaning, washing clothes, shampoo, soaps, toothpaste, etc. My son is 6 and he takes singulair at bedtime, allegra in the morning and at bedtime, advair-6 puffs in the morning and at bedtime. this is what the allergist dr put him on but now with the coughing and congestion his pediatric dr said to start the albuterol inhaler every 4 hours and now we have done this for a week and still no help. He is allergic to dust, dust mytes (bed-bugs), and wheat. I am just tired of him having to take all this medicine and him being at such a young age.

Melissa - posted on 02/17/2009

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My little boy started having the same problems when he was 18 months old. He is now almost 4. The dr. has him on singulair every day. When his allergies act up we use zyrtec, his triggers are smoke and whatever is in the air during harvest. We live in a farming community. When he has asthma attacks, wheezes or coughs constantly we us albuterol in a nebulizer. I have also switched to using household products that use natural ingredients. I don't know if he is out growing it or we just have it under control but thing are finally manageable. It took almost two years to get to this point.

Marcelle - posted on 02/17/2009

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Hi



My daughter is atopic (asthma, rhinitis, eczema) and has some allergies. This has been going on since she was about 18months. Basically finding a regime that works is hard, but worth it. She is now learning to handle it herself at 13, but it is slow going.



If he is coughing listen to his chest, If there is any wheezing, back in a ventolin at least every 4 hours, plus a preventer morning and night. Only slowly cut back until you can find out how often he needs it on a regular basis. Our daughter now manages with Ventolin occasionally and a 2 puffs of preventer every night. During her allergy season this goes up.



We never found Clarintin good for the rhinitis, but use rhinocort daily, every morning. It makes life bearable for her.



We do use a humidifier if she has a cold, because it helps her to get some rest overnight.



We air her mattress as often as we can, and use low allergenic mattress, protector and pillows. Her room doesn't have any curtains or carpet. No animals inside the home.



We have also got her into the habit of really cleaning her hands thoroughly regularly, so there is no transfering of bugs from place to place.



~~~~~~ Once you have a routine that manages it all established life does get easier. ~~~~

Dina - posted on 02/17/2009

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I'm new to this group and excited. I just want to comment on this asthma situation. My son, who is 8 yrs old, has had asthma since he was 3 yrs old. He would have the common symptoms of coughing and the congestion of the nose. He has been on medications since he is 3 yrs old and now he goes for allergy shots for two yrs. and it seems to be helping him with his symptoms. Know his allergy triggers, the grass and mold a are the major triggers for my son, and treat them before they get worse. And humidifiers are not good either. And if you have any pets make sure they don't sleep in his room, it's not so much the fur of the animal it's the dander that may be a trigger.

I hope this helps

Gloria - posted on 02/17/2009

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i actually don't use one at all.My son seems to have less asthma symptoms if i keep his bedroom cool and keep him out of muggy/misty places.

Michelle - posted on 02/17/2009

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Quoting Gloria:



My 6 year old son has asthma too, and coughs alot and his nose runs constantly.My doctor told me to use Clartin for kids everyday(he takes it in the morning).It works pretty well, but when allergies flare up or he's sick it does nothing.He's been constantly on it for 6 months now and still uses his puffers and another allergy medicine once in awhile.






If you smoke/have a woodstove or anything that can irrate it that can make it worse.My son when he's really bad can't be in warm air(humidifiers make it worse), he needs a cool place.Maybe u should try stopping the humidifier and see if that helps.My son congestion seems to worsen in warm weather than cold weather. good luck!






You should only use a vaporizer humidifiers create bacteria in the air.  This I was told by a nurse during a hospital stay with one of my kids

Gloria - posted on 02/17/2009

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My 6 year old son has asthma too, and coughs alot and his nose runs constantly.My doctor told me to use Clartin for kids everyday(he takes it in the morning).It works pretty well, but when allergies flare up or he's sick it does nothing.He's been constantly on it for 6 months now and still uses his puffers and another allergy medicine once in awhile.



If you smoke/have a woodstove or anything that can irrate it that can make it worse.My son when he's really bad can't be in warm air(humidifiers make it worse), he needs a cool place.Maybe u should try stopping the humidifier and see if that helps.My son congestion seems to worsen in warm weather than cold weather. good luck!

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