Bronchiolitis and Asthma

Ez - posted on 06/15/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My 4 mth old daughter has just spent 2 days in hospital with bronchiolitis and I've been made aware that children who've had this disease will often develop asthma. The research in unclear though whether the RSV virus that causes bronchiolitis also causes asthma or whether it is simply children who are going to develop asthma who are prone to getting bronchiolitis. So I'm wondering who else has had babies get bronchiolitis go on to develop asthma??

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Fran - posted on 06/23/2009

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My daughter had bronchiolitis at 9 months old, and has asthma. She is 9 years old, but very petite for her age (not as a result of asthma), and is just starting to grow out of it. It was explained to me, that bronchiolitis scars (for lack of a better word) the lungs, and causes a type of asthma, that children typically grow out of by the age of 6-7. It is important to keep irritants out of the childs environment, so that includes smoking, and all the other irritants. My daughter has problems with her asthma typically when she gets a cold. What was important for us was getting on a maintenance type plan with her puffers, which for her, was 1 puff of flovent every night, even when healthy.



Once we got her onto a maintenance program, we have had very few problems. We are looking at taking her off her puffers sometime in the next year. This type of asthma has never stopped her from participating in dance, gymnastics, and any other activity she has chosen. It is really only a problem, when she gets a cold. Good Luck!

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Tamara - posted on 12/30/2013

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my daghter is 11 months old been in hospital twice with bronchiolitis in the past 3 weeks weve been out 5 days and she seems bad again what shall i do?

Iris - posted on 06/29/2009

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I had asthma as a child and my kids also developed it when they were younger. We found that keeping them clear of asthma triggers helped. I would recomend you monitor and see if there is anything that triggers a "breathing" attack not exactly asthma. we have made some changes in our lifestyle such as buying an airpurifier for our home. Some of them are very good at getting rid of indoor odours and triggers such as dust that causes kids to get sick. I would recommend a brand called Atmosphere. It is Certified Asthma & Allergy Friendly. Send me a message at irigolopez@hotmail.com and I can tell you how to order it at a low cost with out the retail mark up.

Marilyn - posted on 06/25/2009

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My daughter (Now 30) had asthma as a child she did not outgrow it however we learned to manage the exposure to her known triggers. Find out what causes your child to have attacks and avoid them. Things like flowers, pet dander (if you want a pet get a non-shedder) candles, smoke etc are most common. Avoid scents PERIOD, no perfumes, colognes, air fresheners etc. you will find everyone feels better. Finally, there is another disease that is an exact mimic of asthma that everyone should research it's called Vocal Cord Dysfunction (VCD) exact same symptoms but different treatments, if your child is struggling with Asthma look into this also.

Natasha - posted on 06/24/2009

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We live in Middle East where our 3rd child was born. As you can imagine living in the desert, the quality of the air is ver poor. She got bronchitis at about 3 months old and susequently developed very bad asthma. We have tried everything under the sun but have recently discovered salt lamps. They are lams from the himilayan mountains made out of salt crystal. They work by ioizing the air. We have gone from using a ventolin inhaler 3 times a day to having to use it perhaps once every 2-3 weeks and we are currently in out worst season for astma and allergies. Well worth investigating.

Jess - posted on 06/24/2009

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One of the best things you can do is eliminate all fragrance in your home. Not just the plug ins or carpet fresh, but your laundry detergent. Go with a natural one sans chemical fragrance. WHen you read the word fragrance on the label of a product, typically it is comprised of 250 chemicals to make one smell!! That all enters our bodies as our skin is a huge transport system--like a big spunge. A great place to shop for healthier cleaning products is amazon.com. They have a huge organic/natural grocery store with great prices. Another tip, no fabric softener. Not only are the chemicals terrible for you, but they are bad for your dryer as well. When you use the natural based laundry detergents, you dont need softener anyways. Many of the chemicals used to make fragrance (shampoos, laundry, lotions etc) affect your hormone balance. They are called xenoestrogens and act as estrogen in the body--a necessary hormone, but in excess can cause a variety of problems such as PMS, weightgain, headaches, ovarian cycts, acne etc. A great place to research this is articles by Dr. John Lee. Google him for more info. Why are all these 8 and 9 year old starting thier periods? the answer is their environment. Too many chemicals and hormones pumped into meat and milk. It is a man made problem and our job as moms to protect them from this:)

Julia - posted on 06/24/2009

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If allergies and asthma run in your family then it is more likely for your child to have it. My son kept getting sick from age 11 mths. They called it Reactive Airway Disease as they won't term it asthma if it is only triggered by colds, flu, etc. As he has gotten older we have realized that he has several food allergies. He is allergic to eggs, corn and chicken. Since taking him off these foods, his asthma symptoms have gotten a lot better. He is now 8YO and hardly has any problems with it. His Dr explained to me that allergies, asthma & food allergies all come from the same gene, they are just not sure why they affect different people different ways. Underlying allergies can also cause asthma symptoms. My son's allergiest is very up to date on these things. Here is his website if you're interested in looking at it. http://www.eallergy.yourmd.com/

Smiles,

Julia

De-anne - posted on 06/24/2009

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I am a chronic asthmatic and have had it since I was age 5 (33 years). My daughter has had a few bouts of bronchitis and also bronchlial (splet wrong) pnuenomia (sorry spelt wrong) along with croup in 2008. She is turning 8 this year and thankfully no signs of asthma. My local doctor knows my history and understands my concerns when I take her knowing she may have bronchitis. I was told she could develope it. Since I got it at 5 and she is past that age, I know she won't get it. All the best to the other mums whose kids have asthma. I know what you are going through. I know what it can be like.

Sue - posted on 06/24/2009

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I have had nearly all my children with bronchiolitis (which most of the time is the same as asthma, but they don't call it asthma until they are 12 months old). None of them developed asthma past 4 years old. My cousin died of asthma at 19 and my uncle died of asthma also which made me very concerned about my own children. I buy natural cleaning products, make sure no one smokes in my house and bought a Kirby vaccuum cleaner (which is the best on the market and costs about $2500). Like I said, they had all grown out of any type of asthma/bronchialitis symptoms by the time they reached 4 yo.

Joyce - posted on 06/24/2009

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Do you have dogs in the house. Our grandson had a problem such as this and was on inhalers, they had two dogs in the house. He was alergic to the dog dandruf. Once they got the dogs out of the house, his problem cleared up and no longer had to be on the machine. Just wondered if you had animals in the house too, could have been some of your daughters problem at an early age.

Tutu - posted on 06/23/2009

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Hey, my 18month old daughter has had bronchiolitus twice, the one time she spent two nights in hospital like yours. Her doctor told us that, it normally occurs in chubby babies and its not for sure that she'll develop asthma. She plays and runs with no problems. I personally don't think its anything to worry about.

Nia - posted on 06/23/2009

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Hello Torey, i did not understand what you meant by switching stores that she shops at. What are you referring to.............

Torey - posted on 06/23/2009

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Hello. I have never had to worry about this problem with any of my kids so far and I hope that I don't have to. My sister is dealing with Asthma with her youngest child. I don't think she ever had bronchiolitis though. I just help my sister switch her home to a cleanier, safer, greenier, and toxin free home by just switching stores that she shops at. I would love to talk to you about this wonderful store also so that you can see about having your home toxin/chemical free for your family. Please visit my website or send me a message here.



Torey

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Jess - posted on 06/22/2009

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usually its combined together. asthma can make bronchiolitis worse but then if a bub catches this and it isnt treated properly they can get severe asthma.. i was born with asthma and grew out of it but constantly got bronciolitis alot and then now being pregnant when i get sick my asthma flares up again and the whole of my second trimester i was sick with horrible asthma and couldnt get rid of it. You got to try and keep them away from dust so it doesnt cause it to get worse.

Tamika - posted on 06/22/2009

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I forgot to tell you when my son was discharged from the hospital pediatrician got me a brand new nebulizer for free. Talk to the doctor about this, cuz even if she gets a cold she may need the breathing treatments, and its way better to have it already in your house then to have to waste time to get to the hospital or the doctors. My son got two colds(no fever, just congestion) after the brincholitis and his breathing looked the way it did when he had the broncholitis.

Tamika - posted on 06/22/2009

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My 2 year had bronchioltits and he has not shown any signs od asthma. Do you have or had asthma? I was diagnosed with the worst type of asthma at 18 months, I was hospitalized at least twices a year untill age 9, and almost died twice. I have never had bronchiolitis, bronchitis, TB, penemonia, or the flu. I dont know about the connetion, but my son's doctor has a diagnosis of asthma cant not be made until after 18 months of age. Good luck!!!!!

Ez - posted on 06/22/2009

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Thanks heaps Lisa - that info is great :) So far my daughter's only had it the once (although bad enough to warrant hospitalisation) but I have been warned it can become recurrent, or develop into other breathing probs. They did a chest xray in hospital to rule out pneumonia or any other bacterial infections, and we're now a week post-discharge and she's fighting fit again.
It was just a HUGE shock to my system having to deal with my big, normally healthy baby being so sick. From what I can tell bronchiolitis usually only gets bad enough to require hospitalisation in babies who are premie, low birth weight (Milla wa 9lb 6oz!!!!), live in a house with smokers or have other medical problems (like your daughter's CF).
So thanks again for your post. I'm just really trying to arm myself with as much info as possible.

Lisa - posted on 06/22/2009

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My daughter has CF and on top of this she has alot of medical problems stemming from it one of which is asthma. When she was about 2 months old she started getting sick, just a cold the doctors said, then bronchitis, then pnemonia, on and on until one hospital someone suggested we have a chloride sweat test done. there was the answer. To the recurrent breathing problems. She is a happy 11 year old albeit small for her age she is growing stronger everyday. My reason for telling you this is the sweat test is harmless, painless, and if the baby is getting different kinds of breathing problems over and over it may make thing easier to start here instead of arriving here.

Amanda - posted on 06/15/2009

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My step-daughter had RSV as an infant and had difficulty with asthma afterward until she turned 6. They said that they expected her to grow out of it, and she has, but it was bad. - Any time she'd get any kind of a cold or cough it triggered it and we were at the doctor all the time for her lungs! Now she is 10 and has no problems with it.

Holly - posted on 06/15/2009

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Hello my name is Holly and my son is now 21 months but he kept getting bronchiolitis witch in tourn will turn in to asthma so my dr asked me do you have or do you use any GLADE plung ins or carpet smells ?i said ya ,go home and though them out away !ok why they have bad chemicals not only GLAD but others as well any strong order !Here are some free Astma classes (1810)762-6125or (1810)257-9591Asthma Triggers

smoke -dont allow smoke in your home !

stay out of smoke -filed areas

dont use wood -buring stoves ,fireplaces or kerosene heaters '

Dust

keep mattresses and pillows in dust -proof covers

wash your sheets and blankets each week . use verry hot water .

remove stuffed toys from the bedroom ,wash toys weekley in hot water

Avoid rooms that are being vacuumed

take rugs or carpets out of bed room

pets

dont keep pets with fur or feathers in your bedroom or home

Mold

fix leaky faucets and pipes

clean moldy surfaces

keep shower curtains clean

STRONG Odors

aviod perfeme ,talcum power ?,hair spray ,ans all sented products

weather

stay in side on cold days ,cover your nose mouth with a scarf

pollen when pollen is high stay in side leveal

sorry im typing so much :but hear are some signs of early warning of astma attacts

itchy chin

a cough that wont go away

itchy ,scrachy ,.or sore throat

waking up at night

dark circles under the eyes

runny or stuffy congessted nose

increasted tiredness

mood change grouchy or extra quiet

glassy or waterly eyes

rubbing nose alot

stomach ach

headach

feaver

feling restless

**************Change in color of face pale or flushed ****************************

Here is aweb site and there # Allergy & asthma network -mothers of ashmatics

http://www.aanma.org/headquarters # 18008784403 make sure you go see an astma ped dr and if the give you a inhailer tell them you need a spacer cause she is only 4 months it helps them take the med better i use it for my son .hope this is helpfull

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