my 3yr old has BAD asthma

Laura - posted on 01/27/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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i really need ur help with my son he is currently on prescribed inhalers a preventer which he has morning and night and a blue inhaler for when he is wheezing. he has been to hospital in ambulances over 20 times in the last 2yrs and his inhailers dont seem to work anymore the docors just keep uping his intake but i wondered how i get an nebulizer??? can i get it prescribed or do u have to buy?? x

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My daughter has has asthma since she was 2 and now she is 11 and still gets them on and off. She is currently on cingulair pill and it seems to work really well as preventive medicine since she has not had a hospital stay since she has been taking them regularly. Before this med, we were admitting her once a year during peak asthma season (spring...lots of pollen in the air). Asthma symptoms for her usually flared up after a cold or if she was in the vicinity of lots of dust and pet dander. Over the past years, I have tried to keep an eye on what environment she is in when her asthma starts to act up (ie. dusty, airy, temperature).

Becky - posted on 01/27/2009

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i have two sons that have had asthma since they were born, they have NEVER used inhalers no offense but your doctor should of had you use a neb. since the begining. my sons are 7, and 9 the older one has no more problems my 7 year old has to have a couple treatments a year.  As far as the neb. goes you do need a prescription because people have been known to use them for drugs, so my suggestion is to get a prescription from your doctor or get a new dr.  My grandma also has problems, inhalers made her worse.

Ladonna - posted on 01/27/2009

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first off go to pulmonary doc, alot of pedatrics want to take off prevention meds, my daughter has had since  6 months now she is 5, and still dealing with it it has took nearly 4 yrs to get docs to listen and do sinus scan on her, she has no tonsils, annenoids, but constant flair ups with sinus, allergy  to aggravate asthma , they even did test when she was 2 let me knwo what stage , but keeping track of how meds are given helps. buzz me anytime



 

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Megan - posted on 02/04/2009

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My 6 year old son has horrible asthma as well, and started out on nebs, but they weren't effective 10 minutes after he took a treatment, and he hated using it when he was young becuase it left a bad taste and took 10 minutes to do vs a few puffs here and there from an inhailer, so our Dr put him on a preventative inhailer, and a rescue inhailer(the blue) as well, and that works better for us.  You are your son's best advocate, so if the dr isn't taking your requests/thoughts into consideration, just keep pushing and make him understand your point, or find a different dr who will listen to your concerns.  Your son's well-being depends on you being able to stand up for him in a situation like this-be strong and hang in there. 



One major change that I made to help my son out was to basically rid our house of any unnecessary carpets, even when kept clean, they hold dust, danders and pollins that will aggrivate asthma.  We have a lot of wood floors and linolium in our home, along with leather furniture(instead of fabric) and I am amazed at how much better he was a few weeks after they were taken out.  We also went to a lot of window treatments that were not fabric, like mini blinds instead of curtains, the curtains we do have are washed often because of dust accumulation.  Just an idea to think about.

Chasity - posted on 02/04/2009

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Hi my son also has asthma..I asked his pediatrician for an nebulizer..LOVE it..demand one!! We only use inhalers in case of emergencies..My son is also on Singulair and Advair..we have had great success with these meds..

Amy - posted on 02/04/2009

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I nanny for a little girl and she does the nebulizer and the doctor told them she had to use it and they had to buy one.

Laura - posted on 02/04/2009

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Quoting Becky:



i have two sons that have had asthma since they were born, they have NEVER used inhalers no offense but your doctor should of had you use a neb. since the begining. my sons are 7, and 9 the older one has no more problems my 7 year old has to have a couple treatments a year.  As far as the neb. goes you do need a prescription because people have been known to use them for drugs, so my suggestion is to get a prescription from your doctor or get a new dr.  My grandma also has problems, inhalers made her worse.





thank you becky will try to get the neb xx

Lynn - posted on 01/27/2009

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Hi Laura,



My 6 year old has had asthma since she was 2. She is now stable, but in the beginning it was tough going. We started with nebulizers and now that she is stable, we have gone to as needed inhalers with an aerochamber and mask. Also, I am guessing that most Dr's go with albuterol as a "rescue" and flovent or atrovent as a maintainance. I have found that when my daughter was at her worse, pulmicort was great for maintainance and xopenex was much more effective for rescue. The xopenex lasted longer, did not increase her heart rate like the albuterol did. Nebulizers need a script, but they are very worth it!



 



Best of Luck to You! Lynn

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