3 year old with asthma

Amanda - posted on 02/28/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My three year old daughter has asthma. She has been waking up in the night coughing to the point that she can't catch her breath and one night last week she had a pretty scary asthma attack. She does her nebulizer treatments nightly and we keep the rescue inhaler handy. But how am I supposed to sleep at night wondering if my little girl is going to be alright? I would welcome any tips or advice!

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Kesha - posted on 03/02/2010

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My Son who is 3 ,has had Asthma since he was almost one, The thing that helped us is remove all stuff animals from the room, try to replace carpet with tile, hardwood, or that type of flooring, no rugs. Replace heavy curtains with light ones or blinds and do not allow any animals inside the room. My son has a Pulminologist and suggested all of this and it has worked wonders, I also wash his stuff in detergent that is fragarence free and clean his room with products that are green or are for dander and sensitivity. He takes Flovent twice a day to prevent attacks and we always have a albuterol container with pediatric mask with us, the nebulizer helps, Have your docter give you a asthma action plan to see if she is in the green, yellow or red, My son had been hospitilized 4 times one year and since i have changed the wa we live and do things, it has been so much better. I know this is a lot of change, but in the long run, it will be for the better. If money allows I would suggest a baby monitor that has the camera, this has helped me monitor m son while he is in his room at all times. He once had a attack while playing and was in my room folding laundry and I caught it in time. I know some people are not going to agree with this one, but m son always slepps with me for two days after a attack so I can monitor him until the predisione kicks in. Hope some of this helps.

Sue - posted on 03/02/2010

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The first thing you need to do is work out what triggers her asthma.......Once you know that you will be much more able to deal with it. My son was very sensitive with asthma when he was cutting teeth or getting sick with anything - even just a runny nose was enough to have him admitted to hospital. The doctors finally decided to take out his adnoids and to put gromets in his ears and hey presto haven't had a serveer attack since. When he was ill though, he slept with me, I would leave my hand on his chest and you will wake up if the movement of her chest stops. His did nearly once a week. Try sleeping her so she is half sittingup as well this will help keep her air ways unobstucted. I had to wake every fours and reapply ventolin with the nebuliser. If you live in Australia the best thing you can do is get in touch with the asthma foundation. Where ever you live you should have something like it. They have so much information. Good luck.

Bobbi - posted on 03/01/2010

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My heart goes out to all who have to deal with asthma in their children. Looks like you have already gotten a lot of good advice from those that have been there.
As a holistic nurse I do a lot of research on many different diseases. I will not claim to have researched this extensively but I know that the good old american diet can be at the bottom of a lot of diseases. white flour and white sugar should just plain be gone out of all our diets. That being said I would encourage you to not give up looking for answers and things that might help. If I run across anything that I think might help I will post here for you.
Also a note to Kathryn, Have the Dr's checked out your daughter's heart? Sometimes there are deformities of the heart that can mimic asthma. Does she ever squat to breath? If she does, I would make sure they check her heart out and make sure it is OK. I hesitate to make this note. I don't want to scare you needlessly however I feel it is important enough to at least mention.
Wishing you all the best!

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Alicia - posted on 03/01/2010

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I would talk to your doctor. I have two children with asthma, 6yr & 2yr old, they both have Singular, Nebulizer treatments, and a rescue inhaler. I had to take mine to a pediatric pulmonologist.

Danielle - posted on 03/01/2010

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Ive had asthma since i was 4..and i have a feeling my daughter may end up having it..there is not much you can do but use the nebulizer...if she is soo bad that she isnt breathing then the drs will give her prednisone...
What you can start looking into is cardio-vascular exercises...swimming is GREAT for kids with asthma.Just take it slow and hopefully when she is older the attacks will be less and less.

Kathryn - posted on 02/28/2010

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i have a 3 year old with asthma also...i have yet to figure out what triggers her coughing...we use her nebulizer like we are suppose to but she still gets up coughing in the middle of the night..i keep a monitor in her room so i can listen out for her..i have noticed that when she starts playing and running around alot her lips will turn blue and i have to make her sit down and rest for a while...her doctors are not sure either as to what is triggering her asthma to flair up..the only thing that has helped me so far with being able to sleep is having the monitor and in days that her coughing gets really bad i move her into my room so i am right there just in case.

Valerie - posted on 02/28/2010

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set up a monitor...find out the cause of the asthma...perhaps consult with a chiropractor too

Joan - posted on 02/28/2010

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hi

i don't have any great advice,my son grew up with asthma also. we could always hear him. if he needed us . if you aren't sure continue to use a baby monitor so you will hear her you can turn the volume up if you need.

good luck

Misty - posted on 02/28/2010

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I have two children with asthma, theirs are related to severe alergies. At first it was a very scarry thing (the first time it happened my 3 yr old at the time, was rushed to the emergency room with blue lips). Now, she's 8 and my son is 6, as they grow they learn how to deal with it, they learn from their allergist, dr.s and the school has a great program to teach them how to deal with it. It never becomes easy, but easier. It will always be hard to listen to them cough all night, but the nebulizer usually helps a bit. As she gets older, she will learn to work through it. wishing you and your daughter the best!

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