how do you protect your asthmatic child from getting sick?

Eva - posted on 02/07/2010 ( 38 moms have responded )

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my son is 5, he eats very healthy, he even likes salad, fruit, anything good, but he has asthma and alergies, and exzema, poor lil fellow, we have done as much as we can to help him out with that, now that he has started school he seems like hes sick more often, we do the neti pot every night, and gargle salt water, and he takes his alergy meds, and asthma meds, and vitamins, we have a chihuahua, its really has helped with that, and we just pulled all the carpet from the house and put in laminate, is there any other things we didnt think of that could help? THANKS!

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Vidhya - posted on 02/14/2010

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hi

my son is 5 yrs and was/is asmatic during winters.but now this yr his condition has improved beyond belief. he used to get admitted every yr twice during his attacks. i once even thought we have lost him since his condition was so severe.he eats and plays very well.his height and weight are good too.but immediately after the attack he will look so pale and loose all the weight gained.
for any kind of asthma first the doc has to evaluate the condition and start with an appropriate dose of steriod called flexitide(any salbutamol preparation since brand name varies in different parts of the world) and ventolin/combivent with or without pulmicort through nebulizer. along with singulair. i followed this for over a yr by stopping the steroid and nebulizer when he was fine.but singulair was continued.the steroid given for asthma very slightly reduces the growth but considering there are no alternative medicines and the amt of steroid is very small you can safely give it.
his condition was allergic induced asthma which we found by a bloodtest.
but there are sometimes cases where a small amt of shrimp/egg /anything citric could trigger the attack.
you have to very careful and have all the necessary medicines especially the steroid and nebulizer solutions when the attack is severe.
clean ur a/c filters regularly and wash bed linens in hot water to get rid of allergens.
asthma and exzema co exist. so once ur son's asthma is cured the exzema wld go as well.
pollen from trees ,animal/pet hair are also common triggers.
we live in dubai in a place where we have lot of trees . the pollens from them used to cause the trouble most of the times.
be patient till hes 7-9 thats when the lung matures to its full capacity and by then he would outgrow this if its only environmental and not genetic.
i hope your son gets well soon.

Sandy - posted on 02/12/2010

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Sorry Eva - also forgot to mention that our daughter's immune system seemed to become stronger and stronger all the time. It's also beent he same with our 11 year old - he'd had health problems that the doctor couldn't solve, so we took him to the homeopath. In the last 6 years, he's never been to the doctor or had any antibiotics. Before that, he was being prescirbed antiobiotics about every 8 weeks due to severe tonsillitis and high fevers.

He just doesn't get sick now, and is full of beans!

Tammy - posted on 02/16/2010

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I've read a handful of replies and feel compelled to add one more thing. Seeking the help of a pediatric pulmonologist was key for us to get my son's asthma under control. Prior to that, we were seeing just an allergist. BIG difference. It's a very managable illness, but having the right physician can make a huge difference. I don't work for one, nor am I one, I can only testify to how my son's treatment and state of health has been transformed, since we began seeing this specialized physician. Feel free to contact me offline (from this discussion), at dtws@embarqmail.com, if you have additional questions.

Susie - posted on 02/13/2010

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I have a 20 yr. old daughter and a 13 yr old son, both have asthma. As a parent of an asthmatic child I know how difficult it can be and the concerns you have. I do know that with both of them ..allergies play a major role. My daughter also has eczema...she will not eat oranges, nor drink orange juice as she has discovered this causes her to have flare ups. there are several lotions she says help her to keep it under control. over the counter products and some natural/organic products also. My son has taken singulair for a while, this year for the first time, he says he thinks he is outgrowing it. we too, pulled up the carpet and replaced it with wood. I wish you good luck, it is heart stressing to have children with these type problems....maybe try an asthma/allergy specialist, we have a great one here in Dallas that has helped alot. GOOD LUCK!

Jennifer - posted on 02/12/2010

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Hi my name is Jennifer and my daughter has asthma, exzema and contact dermatitis, and severe food allergies. She is six years old and we have battled them since birth. She had allergy testing done with showed she was allergic to eggs, peanuts, milk, fish etc.So when we excluded them from her diet the dermatitis/exzema calmed down. We also use all natural one- two ingredients soaps, oils and lotions this helps with the dryness. Asthma is irritated by additives in foods and synthetic products. If my daughter eats MSG she starts wheezing. An all natural diet wouls help cutting down on processed foods is healthy and natural diet for any medical condition. Fresh aloe is great for skin conditions too. I keep aloe leaves, lemons, apple cider vinegar, raw black african soap, jojoba oil, vit e oil, raw shea butter. Cover the beds with a mattress cover and pillows to help with dust mites. Nothing with fragrence will help breathing and skin. He will get better it just takes a lot of work. whole foods or other natural store will have organic or natural vitamins. My daughters skin use to look like elephant skin with the constant scratching and bleeding and infection now her skin looks amazing from diet restriction and natural products. She is actually growing out of some of her allergies. And I make everything she eats no fast food, eating out or school lunch.

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Mary - posted on 02/15/2010

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It has been shown that GMO foods (genetically modified) can cause problems with exzema and asthma etc. So check all food labels to be sure that his food does not contain GMO. Almost all corn is GMO so if it contains corn, it might not say it has GMO but it does. Also, omega 3 fatty acid supplements help with some of these symptoms and is a good thing for all family members to take daily. I would make sure the teachers at school know so that they don't give him food at school that could trigger problems. I would take him to a naturopathic doctor right away!

Teresa - posted on 02/14/2010

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Be patient your child will probably out grow this problem. One thing you can do is have him tested for allergies and get allergy shots. My son was diagnosed with asthma when he was 6 weeks old and we went through all the meds and testing and found that the cause was he was allergic to just about everything except soap and water haha. He had allergy shots for several years and now at 23 has out grown any problems. He hasn't had to used any meds since he was in his late teens. So hang in there it will get better. There were times when we had scary times and your childs' school will have to be educated on what kind of inhaler he takes and how often he has to take it.

Danielle - posted on 02/14/2010

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My son was asthmatic as well. He since has grown out of it, for the most part, he is now 12. One thing to keep in mind, don't hide your child away from the world. The way an immune system gets stronger is by being exposed to germs, scarey thought I know. I see a big mistake by parents that strictly keep their children home constantly. Then when their child enters school or daycare when they get a little older they get sick all the time. Your immune system can't build up anitbodies if it has never been exposed to anything. Just remember, this too shall pass. I stayed home until my youngest was 5. When she started school/daycare her and the sibs got sick all the time. Five, almost six years later they are sick less often.

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homeopathic is the way to go for everyone. its a matter of detoxifying, de-acidifying and increasing the oxygen intake in your/his body. there are natural products out there but one that our family and families close to us have found to be very useful (and yummy to boot) is called GoChi juice and Jiaogulan tonic. Both products are found through an online company called FreeLife and will decrease the amount of acid in the body and detoxify naturally. you can find this stuff at www.sherridahl.freelife.com. I wholeheartedly believe in the effectiveness of this stuff - all age of kids and even the animals can take it to build their immune systems - and the Gochi tastes very good, like fruit juice. The Jule (jiaogulan) is a tonic and more bitter but very efffective also. there are so many toxins everywhere that it's hard to keep our family away from everything but regular, natural and purposeful detoxifying will help to build the immune system and make it harder for illness to keep its hold on you. if cost is a concern for you, you must also think about what its costing right now and in the future for trips to the doctor, medicine and lost sleep and the effect of stress on the body. good luck. sometimes its harder on moms to see their child sick and I hope you find something that works for you.

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Query, Do you guys have panelling in your home? A lot of that stuff has toxic chemicals. So does the old pressed fiberboard. I ask because you said the dog is wheezing. When my mother remarried, they bought a new bedroom set. She was wheezing and sick for over a year until they figured out what it was. I think most of us were. Anyway, just a thought.

Eva - posted on 02/12/2010

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aaahhhh! i never heard about the swimming, so thats good to know, the good thing on that, is he loves swimming! and can swim above and below water without a vest, so we will keep it up! homeopath, never thought about that, i will be looking into that! yeah we do have a dog, a chihuahua, and believe it or not, we got her for his asthma, and withing three months of having her, his breathing got sooo much better, and the dog now wheezes, i know that is the craziest thing yall have heard but its true, and when my bro was so bad a as kid thats how mom and dad controled his, R A D, i will be asking the dr about that when i ask if we can alergy test him now! and speaking of nasty attitude, when trace takes his singular he has a different attitude, very aggressive, but he is still a controlable kid even tho... i am kinda a germ o phob, but not very severe, i am always telling him to wash his hands! lol, i will be cking into the foods, i never thought about healthy foods, and since he is not a picky child it could be any number of foods, and i am hoping that he will outgrow most of this! thanks again ladies!

JUNE - posted on 02/12/2010

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HELLO,MY NAME IS JUNE AND I HAVE A SON WHO IS NOW 24 BUT HAD REALLY BAD ASTHMA,AND I HAD TO BATHE HIM AND WASH HIS HAIR EVEY NITE HE HATED IT OF COURSE,THEY SAY POLLEN AND OTHER THINGS GET IN TO THE HAIR.WE TRIED EVERY THING WHEN DARRELL WAS LIL HIS ASTHMA WAS ALWAYS BROUGHT ON BY A CROUPY COUGH.WE LIVED IN THE MOUNTAINS AND THE TREES USED TO IRRIATE HIM.IT CAN BE SUCH A BAD EXPERINCE,BUT YOUR DOING EVERY THING RIGHT.AND LIKE DARRELL WHO OUT GREW HIS ASTHMA.WE CANT PUT OUR KIDS IN BOXES ,BUT I DID HOME SCHOOL DARRELL BECAUSE HE WAS SICK SO MUCH.WELL ALWAYS JUST KEEP YOUR CHILD CALM TO WHEN HE DOES HAVE ATTACKS.I HAVE TO ADMIT I WAS THE ONE WHO FREAKED,IT WAS SUCH AN EXPERINCE SEEING DARRELL NOT BE ABLE TO BREATHE.BUT WITH MEDS TO KEEP IT UNDER CONTROL,ALL WORKED OUT WELL AND NOW AS AN ADULT HES DOING GOOD.HOPE I HAVE HELPED.JUNE

Roxanna - posted on 02/12/2010

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Sounds like me! It turns out that food allergies are extended to the foods he is eating, too. Monitor the fruits he eats, even if you clean them, they still have pollen. he might be too young for the allergy pin prick test, but thst can determine what he is allergic to as far as foods are concerned. Also, experiment with laundry detergents, I use the Sun brand found at walmart with lavendar, also for his skin, Avon Intense moisturizer with aloe works well. I wish I could tell you that he will grow out of it, but as I have gotten older, some allergy symptoms have gotten worse.

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If your son is anything like mine, he's bringing it home from school. Ask his teacher to allow / remind him to wash his hands more often. In pre-k and k there are usually sinks in the classrooms and are easily available without disturbing the class. Ask him to wash his hands after holding hands, touching floor, etc. Give him a pair of those cheap thin gloves for all bus trips and wash his hands as soon as he gets home. I know it sounds a little paranoid, but some kids need the extra protection. Hope he's feeling better soon. My school nurse told ne it can take up to 3 yrs to develop immunity to the general run of bugs in schools.

Teresa - posted on 02/12/2010

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Are you sure that it is asthma? The doctors treated my son for 2 years as asthmatic... out of frustration i drove him to a hospital an hour away in a snow storm one morning after an "attack" all night... he has been misdiagnoised for so long. Take a look at your sons endurance. If he can be active and run/jump/ play without showing signs of difficulty breathing- check into R A D -- reactive airway disorder! the puffers are gone- he has a nasal spray until we can see about getting out his adenoids! plus claritin and singulair! Also- get mattress covers for his bed and pillow. Has he had an allergy test done?

Our son gets "sick" when there is a pressure change in the air--

Also i found with the flo--vent and ventalin puffer- his mood was aggressive and always nasty! now we have back our darling boy! the flovent is now only used when he has an episode. for a week or so!

good luck.

MELISSA - posted on 02/12/2010

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Allergy testing is a great idea...I'm not sure why your doc would say he was too young..my daughter has had asthma/allergies since she was one year old and they tested her for allergies when she was one. When they did test her it was unimaginable the things she was allergic to that I wouldve never thougt of- green beans, pears, potatoes, beef, peanuts, eggs, dust, molds, cats, dogs- the list goes on!! she has grown out of some of these, she is now 8. She uses a control inhaler-like pulmicort, but she uses flovent. This really seems to help her. If it is induced by activity Im sure they told you to use his rescue inhaler before he plays the sport or whatever. Some natural healers to the lungs are apples (the skin), pinapples, natural honey, green tea and..i can't remember, but if you search you'll find a ton of home remedies. You said you had a dog--if he is allergic to dogs you might have to get rid of the dog. good luck!

Sandy - posted on 02/12/2010

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PS We didn't have to rip up carpet, buy expensive mattresses or bedding either.

Sandy - posted on 02/12/2010

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Our daughter was an asthmatic who wheezed pitfifully whenever she got a cold or a runny nose. We oculd hear her at the other end of the house.

We took her to a classically trained homeopath who was recommended to us. She was given a remedy and then reviewed a month later. As her symptoms changed, so did the remedy. Her asthma cleared up very quickly. We loved the homeopathy because there were no side effects from the remedies.

Sheree - posted on 02/11/2010

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swimming will strengthen his little lungs but first see a doctor.i know he is young but start teaching him. a lot of olympic swimmers started of swimming because of their asthma and they became champions

Eva - posted on 02/09/2010

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oh, yeah, i havent had him tested for allergies yet, when i asked his pedi she said he was so young and that it was very hard on kids, but that was when he was 3 so maybe now she could look into that since hes a little older, food allergy.... there isnt hardly anything he will not eat, people make comments about how they have never seen a child that will eat a grilled chicken chef salad for a meal, lol. so possible it is something to do with that, i didnt mention at first but also had acid reflux so bad when he was younger but has just about out grown that, the drs said usually when they have one they have 3 of the a's asthma, acid reflux, alergies, and usually ecsema is there too. :( but he will be ok! we will keep on keeping on! thanks!

Eva - posted on 02/09/2010

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thanks again everyone! we live in southeast oklahoma, where the mountains are, (yes i know there is mountains in ok) lol, so there are alot of trees and we have cows and horses so we live right by the hay fields, but he loves his horse, and i wouldnt take for my country living, and yes im a firm believer in playing in the dirty and fresh air, there are more people here than i realized with asthma, but then i had a dr that told me his is very well controled here but when he lived in a northern state,(dont remember which one) that his was almost uncontrolable, we do have a cool air humidifier, havent noticed a difference, but it probably does help more than i realize, never thought about the back, i hope not, but my mom and i both have trouble in that area and its passed down so i will ck that out, i have a huge air purifyer, but its old and needs a new filter, i will look into getting one, i do send hand sanitizer with him to school, but he is a very avid hand washer..... i just absolutely hate that sometimes it seems like he is held back because of this, i think i just needed to vent and have a little reasurance that im doing all that i can, i see there are alot of little things that i have missed or overlooked, and will be looking into them! thanks again to all of you ladies!

Sheree - posted on 02/08/2010

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another thing i forgot to add.where do you live.A lot of people suffer with asthma in melbourne. i saw a phsio in high street melbourne cant remember his name but i no he is still there.he is dark skinned when he was treating me with back problems i asthma actually went a way just because your son is young dosnt mean his back is out or something is pressing on his lungs give it a try.

Sheree - posted on 02/08/2010

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go to doctors and they will give him an allergy test to see what he is allergic to.i am asthmatic and i cant go near bleach or mold,smoke. dust isnt the only cause of asthma

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Has he been tested for allergies? He may be allergic to a food you are not aware of. I've read that food allergies can cause asthma. Have the skin and blood test done. My son had breathing problems when young and has grown out of them. He does have a dust mite allergy, so we have an air tight cover on his mattress and pillow and we have an air filter in his room and we vacuum everyday, but not an issue if you don't have carpet. Launder bedding often, at least once a week. Hope that helps. Good luck from Lynn

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My pedi always recommends that we up our daily dose of Vit. C and get the annual flu shots for my daughter. She also has asthma....oh and a dehumidifier works wonders on runny noses in our house along with the Pedivapors night light.

Brandy - posted on 02/08/2010

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My husband has had asthma for most of his life and he swears that when it starts feeling like its getting bad to sleep with a humidifier on all night.. We do that for my oldest son too because he gets a little croupy :) seems to work for us! but I think you are also on the right track with the neti pot! I love those.. Also making his lungs stronger by getting in some play time in the fresh air.. My heart goes out to him though asthma is terrible and I hope it gets better for him the older he gets!

Sharon - posted on 02/08/2010

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I haven't seen air purifiers mentioned?

We have two. One from Sharper Image 2 years ago and one from Target - about 15 years ago. I love both of them. Cleaning the blades on the sharper image one is a snap and the one from target is a pain but I like that its water based.

I got hypo allergenic pillow cases from walmart.

Washing hands constantly in school isn't always practical or image improving for kids. What about getting him one of those antibacterial spray pens? Use it before lunch, use it after coming in off the playground, coming back from the library or computer lab.

I'm trying to find a place to buy those by the case.

Get him more sunlight too. Not just vitamin D via a pill, but real sunlight. Vitamin D isn't absorbed unless you have something else (damn spotty memory) but sunlight is always taken in.

Eva - posted on 02/08/2010

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thanks to u all! very good suggestions from u ladies, and very encouraging! i will be looking into these ideas!

Liyalu - posted on 02/07/2010

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Hello I have asthma children 3 of them and you sound that your doing a great job. Most of the time I just do the most to try to prevant the sickness but keep away from smoke as well. But it is likely that they will get sick faster but just if that happens just give treatments and it helps trust me.

Katt - posted on 02/07/2010

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My daughter has asthma or so they think...She's 1 and had a really bad cough since she was about 3 weeks old, all the doctors said it was because she was teething. (she was an early teether) So finally at 7 months I took her to the doctor and pretty much yelled and said it's not teething, she has they cough all the time, she wheezes I know it's not from teething. So she put her on 2 inhalers Flovent and Sabutamol and with in 2 weeks her cough was gone and she stopped wheezing. My daughter isn't in school so I mainly just keep her away from sick people, she has a hypoallergenic pillow and I wash her bedding every week, she has an humidifier in her room and I run an air filter in her room about once a week.I give her vitamins and thats about it. I'm not sure what i'll do when she goes to school...i'll get some good ideas from this post :)

Eva - posted on 02/07/2010

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yes, sorry i meant to say the eczema is under control, finally, we tryed the rx creams, and the cetiphil cream was the only thing that worked. Thanks ladies!

Eva - posted on 02/07/2010

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thanks those are some things i havent thought about, we do elevate him so he doesnt have coughing from drainage, im from the country, so since we only have a walmart 55 miles away i dont know where i would get a pillow... online stores? what do u suggest dawn? or does walmart carry those? i use the vick! works well, i had baby astma, and my brother had it so bad he spent weeks in the hospitol every winter, ugh, traces isnt horrible but its bad enough, he gets croop attacks from his and now his is mostly activity induced asthma, so hes sorta growing out of it, i hope! i used to not be really thoughtful of alergens, i know thats horrible, but i dont want him suffering... so trying hard now, ive been so scared of this swine flu! i didnt get him vacinated for that cause of all the side effects, and the dr suggested not to, the good thing is, i ended up with the h1n1 and he didnt get it back in october, so the LORD blessed him with health thru that. also another funny thing, is he breaths great when we keep the house under 70 degrees, but if there is a cold front coming in we can tell cause he has trouble, weird huh? and he is so active, and people make coments all the time if he is moving about or playing like "he sure has a horrible cough", i always have to explain its his asthma. thanks both of you for the suggestions, i will be trying those!

Iridescent - posted on 02/07/2010

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Pulmicort helps asthma because it reduces swelling in the airways. It LOWERS immunity though, so don't be mistaken into thinking that just because he's breathing better he is healthier. This is why the doctor needs to determine if it's appropriate based on his entire health.

Along with the hypoallergenic pillows, a mattress cover is good (the kind that enclose the entire mattress and zip up). Have you seen a dermatologist for the eczema? Your son can likely have the cream that clears it up, plus a list of recommendations from them to help reduce his all around immune response (which causes it). My daughter can't have the cream for it, so we have to use a 2 page list of directions for her care.

Don't be too "clean". Wash hands regularly, yes, but don't chase down kids with hand sanitizer and etc. It makes kids more likely to have more issues with asthma and allergies. They need some exposure to germs/dirt. Have you discussed the value of allergy shots with your doctor? For some, it's worth doing. For others, it's not. It sounds like he may benefit from it though.

Megan - posted on 02/07/2010

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My son is almost 5 and has been hospitalized 20 times or so for his asthma. We give him some ambrotose powder every morning in his juice and it helps pump up his immune system to help keep him healthy. His asthma dr also has him on a low-dose inhaled steroid (pulmicort) to help keep his immune system pumped. Hope it helps! Good luck!

Rachel - posted on 02/07/2010

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I had childhood asthma and still have it as an adult. We were very careful with allergens in the house, and it sounds like you are too. I was still always sick. Kids catch colds from school all the time anyways, they're just a lot worse with asthmatic kids. I used Vick's on a kleenex to help me breathe, and my mom would rub it on my back and chest. If he's struggling breathing at night, try giving him an extra pillow so he's elevated a little bit. Are there times when his symptoms are worse? I used to get bad from cold air outside, exercize, or even wool clothing.

Dawn - posted on 02/07/2010

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My husband and my 3 yr old are both asthmatic and I use hypoallerginic pillows for them and my husband uses airborn pills from cvs but I am not sure if they make that in a childs dose but the pillow helps and most any immune boosters a good health store could help you with immune boosters.

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