My 17 month old has been diagnosed with Reactive Airways a few months ago. He then had RSV which made all his symptoms spiral downhill. We used Albuterol through a neb every 4 hours for the RSV and have since not been able to quit. I'm nebbing him only when he has an 'asthma' attach, which starts about 10-15 minutes after running around and playing outside, with very raspy breath which becomes a cough he can't control. This rarely happens inside. He will still get the raspy breath (I can always hear him breathing 24-7), but the cough takes much longer to come on when we're indoors. We just finished 30 days on Singulair which didn't have a big enough impact for us to continue. The doc wants him on Pulmicort and I'm very against giving steroids to a toddler. But she seems to think it's my only option. This little boy has been walking since he was 10 mos. and just wants to play outside and run and climb and jump. 10 minutes is not long enough! I don't know what to do to help him. We are going to see an Ear Nose and Throat doctor next week, and will probably try to find a Pulmonologist after that. Should I give him the Pulmicort? What are the long term side effects?
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