Asthma

Angie - posted on 11/03/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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My daughter has excema and I know allergies and asthma go along with that sometimes. We know she is allergic to peanuts. A mild allergy. If your child has asthma, how do you know? What are the symtoms? My daughter is congested a lot of the time. The dr usually says it's only chest congestion. Is that a symptom?

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Tina - posted on 03/03/2011

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Honestly sounds to me like asthma. If you're not satified with your doctor get a second opinion. Quite often sypmtoms can be confused with a common cold.

Meaghan - posted on 11/04/2009

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My 16 month old was diagnosed with asthma after several visits to the dr. when he get a cold he is extremely congested and has trouble breathing. we now keep a breathing treatment machine in our house. our sons pedatiriation has been very helpful during this scary time

Tami - posted on 11/03/2009

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My daughter was 2 when she was diagnosed on a hospital stay. She had chest colds alot for the first 2 years. They always went into her chest within a couple of days. I can tell by the way she breathes if her chest is tight. She will get a gray/blue tint around her mouth. A sign of low oxygen. You will hear a wheezing too when she breathes. Also I look where her neck and chest join, that little area at the base of the neck that is a dip. When she inhales it goes way in, a sign of a struggle for air. Asthma can be induced from allergies to activities like running. Dust and running effect my girl. I was written a presciption for a nebulizer machine and albuterol. It has saved me trips to the hospital countless times. I can see when my girl is starting to get tight in the chest and I can use the nebulizer and she opens right up. Every 4 hours. Beware of steroids like predizone. If you are prescibed them use them as directed. You must wean your child off them as directed. Usually the Dr. only prescibes them for a few days. If your girl does have asthma a Dr. can prescribe a rescue inhaler, but I'm not sure how that works with a little child. The nebulizer is the thing, and you can get them for travel that plug into a car lighter/jack too.

Latoya - posted on 11/03/2009

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My son has asthma and eczema. The doctor has to diagnose her for it. Ask her doctor about albuterol treatments with a nubulizer. It helps. Aveeno is good to bathe her in for eczema. The Aveeno skin relief lotion helps to keep it from being irritated. The doctor can also perscribe Mometasone furoate cream to make it go away.

Clara - posted on 11/03/2009

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I have asthma and have had it since I was 5, my brother has had it since he was two. congestion is not what I would call a symptom. wheezing and shallow breathing, unable to catch your breath for hours after exertion. hope this helps!

Brenda - posted on 11/03/2009

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I found out that my daughter had Asthma when she was about 2 years old when I kept taking her to the dr for cold symptoms (I mean we were constantly at the dr's) and then one time I took her to the local urgent care and the dr there told me she was wheezing and I was told to bring her to the ER and it was there that we discovered she has asthma because all night they gave her something for her breathing and a steroid. The next morning she was soooo much better, she did a complete 160 and the Dr said that with her history and with the change she made at the ER that she has Asthma. Now we just use a nebulizer each night and she does fine. She is now 4. My daughter kept getting the usual cold symptoms, runny nose and congestion. My suggestion is to keep taking note of when and how often she gets sick and make sure that you listen to her lungs to check for any wheezing (having a hard time breathing). I would also suggest if she keeps getting sick with the same symptoms then I would take her to another Dr. I think it really depends on if she is repeatedly getting chest congestion I hope this helps. Good luck.

Leah - posted on 11/03/2009

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normal breathing for a baby is the same length of time breathing in as is it is out. Many children take alot longer to breathe out than they breathe in when they have asthma.

Ashley - posted on 11/03/2009

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My son holds his breath and breaths really heavy, along with the loud congestions sounds. it all goes away when i give him his breathing treatments. Its sounds to me like it could be the start of Bronchulititis which comes before Bronchitis and that comes before asthma. Please take her to get a second opinion at the hospital they can tell you so much more and they will test her.

Tammy - posted on 11/03/2009

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weezing on the chest u will hear rattling when u r holding her constant coughing etc just keep a close eye on her it might be nothing if she has it the doctor will pick it up.......

Lisa - posted on 11/03/2009

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Honestly, it sounds more to be environmental allergy problems...when my son was 3 months old, his pediatrician diagnosed him with asthma due to his chronic congestion...I got a second opinion only to find out that he had severe allergies to dust! So, be careful not to jump the gun, but trust your gut instinct....get a 2nd opinion.

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