Coughing Ashma!What to do?

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Dr. aren't sure what he has yet, but think it might be ashma, coughing ashma or habit cough. How do I deal with it. I know he can't help it, but it gets on my nerves.

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Mary - posted on 04/14/2009

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My son was diagnosed with asthma at age 5 (he's 9 now). At first it was just called exercise induced and he did 2 puffs on the inhaler and put on singular. We didn't have many issues for 3 years until he started this HORRIBLE cough that wouldn't stop until he would fall asleep. Prednisone, nebulizer, cough medicine with codiene. finally the pediatrician sent to an asthma/allergyst. He has many allergies, gave him an antibiotic because the facial xray showed a long running sinus infection. Then told us the cough that would keep him out of school for a week at a time was a HABIT. The doctor suggested the cough lozenges like 'sucrets, cepacol' because they have a numbing agent in them (shows in price too!) At the start of a cough he takes one and has never had a problem since. Good luck to you! BTW, I stopped his singular and he only gets Claritin and nose spray now.

Kristine - posted on 04/14/2009

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Hi Misty,



My son had that same cough and they diagnosed him with asthma. They put him on the nebulizer and had him on singulair for a little while. When we went back to the pediatrician he said that he thought his asthma wasn't that bad and he may not have to take the singulair if he wasn't having a problem (I am really against all the prescription meds out there because I think sometimes in certain circumstances they can cause more harm than good) and we could use what I had from the health and wellness company I shop with. Since then he has only had to use the nebulizer once and that was because when he goes to his dad's house he refuses to let him take what we have and he got a cold when he was there. He has never had to take the singulair again and that was almost 2 years ago. He doesn't even take the stuff we have that much anymore but if he lets it go too long we notice the cough and weezing coming back especially at night so I know that this stuff has helped him. If you are also interested in a more natural approach, feel free to give me a call (608-524-3441) or message me with your number and I can give you a call at a good time for you and get you more details and some information if you want to show it to your doctor first. I do recommend you talk to him before starting him on something like that if he is on other medicines or things even though everything from our company is non-toxic and they haven't had any cases of death or hospitalization from the use or misuse of their products. You just never know what other things may interact badly.



hope this helps,



Kristine

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Gemma - posted on 04/15/2009

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ahhh phnamonia my other son who is 16 month has had phnamonia 4 times 1st time was so bad he nearly died!! it has left a weakness on his chest everytime he gets a tiny cold thats it but mckenzie has other problems to with his bowels ect, but the dr are doin test at the mo as his immune system isnt right, he hasnt responded to ne of his vacanations which is y he keeps getting colds. phnemonia leaves scare tissue on ur lung/lungs which stopes it workin as it should which can make ppl cough a lot more then normal or prevent them breathin proply. their lung can also collapse which is what im scared of hapnin wit kenzie!!! mayb its not astma???



but calum had subutamol everyday 2 puffs in the mornin and 2 in the nite and he was on flixotide a steroide 1 mornin one nite but isnt on that at the moment as his astma is ok!!! keep on the dr back. hope all goes well and good luck x x x

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He has been on the inhaler albuterol and Q-var. Didn't help with cough. Next they put him on the Neb. It seems to do better but still has cough. Not they have him on singular and Zertect and Flovent and the Neb when needed,but still has cough. Seems to be worse when outside of house and rainy weather. He had ashma when about 3 months but by 9 months it was gone and now signs of it again till after he had phnamonia last summer. The cough seems to get better but then all the sudden gets to the point that he can't breath. Still have some test to run.



 

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My son too has asthma and was diagnosed at 7 months, he is now 5. It is brought on more by respiratory illnesses. He was on Singular for about a year before we slowly took him off and started trying to find other ways to control it. One thing we did was buy a nebulizer for when the colds started so that we could try to avoid any asthma symptoms before they started. At first he was on Albutrol for the neb, but if he is ever prescribed this medication, I would suggest asking for Xopenex instead. Albuterol will raise his heart rate and has a higher chance of causing jitteriness and shaking. Xopenex is a more pure form of the Albuterol. He also has an Albuterol Inhaler for emergencies, which we have only used once. I would highly recommend trying to avoiding any harsher steroids like Prednasone (sp?) or Pulmicort as it has such an affect on behavior and moods (oh, and the Pulmicort is almost $500 for 2 boxes!! OUCH!). You might ask you ped about a Flovent Inhaler which my son uses 2 times a day morning and night if the asthma starts to bother him for a longer period of time. But of course all these meds are only for symptoms that need to be controlled. The best bet is to naturally treat these symptoms as suggested by other moms. I have been through so many medication changes over the last 5 years, I might be able to help you out if it does come down to medication for your son. I have read about it all and try to keep my son unmedicated or at least try to use the medications that have the least side effects. Best of luck and I hope the little guy gets better! And yes, the coughing can get quite annoying, but I bet its worse for the little man.

Gemma - posted on 04/15/2009

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hiya misty, my son who is now 5 has has astma since he was 1month old ( even tho they didnt clincly digonise it till he was 3) i find that pets and fur irritate calums chest but most of all dust so the house it kept as dust free as possible his beddin is changed weekly the mattress is hovered and turned over weekly!! this helps alot. he also has his astma pumps which ur gp should b able to giv u if they think appropiate. also i find heavy things like milk upset calum calum chest so i tend not to let him have ne b4 bed, ne cold that calum has u[psets his astma so i just keep on top of it with his pumps as and when he needs it. if calums chest get extreamly bad (which used to b weekly when he was lil not so much now tho) i prop him up while sleepin so he is elevated this helps him breath better as it opens the air ways and tixylix the cough meds also very good 4 the cough when extreamly bad. but i would day the most important thing is dust free smoke free and pet free this will help enormously x xx

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