babies with asthma

Trisha - posted on 11/07/2008 ( 11 moms have responded )

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hi moms! my baby was diagnosed about a week ago to have asthma, we were asked to nebulize her 4 times a week for 5 to 7 days and give her steriods for 5 days. she's 1 yr. and 5 mos. just this monday we had a follow-up -check up on her condition. our pediatrician told us that she was ok already and there was no need to nebulize her . i'm scared maybe it will come back. any suggestions on how to prevent asthma to come back?

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Angela - posted on 03/12/2009

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Get rid of all the poisons in your home! After my son was diagnosed with asthma at age 2 months and he contracted phumonia at 5 months with 5 days in the ICU, Christopher's new doctor let me in on a little secret, all of the bleach, lysol, and other cleaning products we use to make our homes clean and safe are poison! As soon as I eliminated all of the toxis from my home, Christopher started to get better! Here it is 5 years later and no more treatments or steroids! I shop with a great company that has changed my life! Post back to find out more!

Christina - posted on 11/11/2008

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Hi Trisha. My son, Danny, had gotten sick last January when he was 6 months old. Now he is prone to asthma. We have a nebulizer and an inhaler with a spacer. I like this inhaler better because he gets more of the medicine than using the nebulizer. I give him a treatment if I notice a persistent cough. I also try to keep him away from any irritants. Other than that I don't think there is any other way to prevent an attack. I agree though the attacks are scary but just try to stay calm and remember you have everything you need to make your baby better. On a side note ( I didn't know this until recently) make sure you brush her teeth when she's done a treatment. Whether it's a nebulizer or something else. My dentist told us that the medicine sits on the children's teeth and over time will start to rot the teeth. Good luck to you and try to stay calm.

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Re-read my post in the morning-- wow- must have been more tired than I thought. Anyway, corrections below.



If this is the first occurance, trust your pediatrician. If it begins to be a re-occuring problem, you need to get educated (I loved the Harvard Medical School's Book on Asthma-- relatively easy read), find what triggers the asthma and possibly find a specialist (my son saw a pediatric pulminologist for 3 years).



Besides the obvious of smoke, smells and dust, there are other triggers. For my son, it is artificial colors and flavors among other things. His reflux (caused by the food intolerances) also made his asthma much worse. We started asthma meds at 5 months, reflux meds at 18 months and I did not start to figure it all out til he was almost 3.



We have been off all medications for over 3-1/2 years at this point by simply changing his diet.

Amber - posted on 11/10/2008

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A good friend of mines baby has/had asthma and they never smoked around her but her daddy smoked and it stuck to his clothes/hair and she still had problems, well daddy stopped smoking and my friend washed EVERYTHING and within days, baby was better and has now been free of neb. treatments and asthma symptoms for months! The baby is almost 2 now.

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If this is the first occurance, trust your pediatrician. If it begins to be a problems, you need to get educated (I loved the Hardard Book on Asthma) and find what triggers the asthma.



Besides the obvious of smoke, smells and dust, there are other triggers. For my son, it is artificial colors and flavors among other things. We started asthma meds at 5 months and I did not figure it out til he was almost 3.



Good Luck.

Jill - posted on 11/10/2008

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I would also suggest staying away from any irritants. I use products that help prevent allergies and asthma, since I had allergies since my early twenties. So far my son is free of allergies and asthma. If you would like to know how to convert your home and prevent irritants, I would be happy to let you know. Feel free to write me on Facebook or at Jann3b@aol.com . Regards, Jill

Jenn - posted on 11/10/2008

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Well said Michelle. Definitely keep her away from all irritants as much as possible. My daughter doesn't have asthma, but she had oxygen on for the first month of her life and still is on an apnea monitor at 4 months of age. I don't like being mean to my in-laws, but Gpa smokes and I don't want that irritant near her at all, not even on his clothing while holding her. I have had to be really mean.

Don't be afraid to be mean for the safety of your child. I'd even be as mean as to ask someone to walk away from the front entrance of a store to smoke (when you need to go through.) You know how some just stand by the front of WalMart and smoke and don't care who has to smell it... Yeah.

Good luck. I do know the nebulizer and steroids help, but no, asthma is always there.

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We think my 21 month old has asthma, but they've only diagnosed her with "reactive lungs" so far. But she does get steriods everyday and we nebulize when necessary. I agree with the others who said that you just need to keep an eye on her. Keep on the daily meds and watch for that cough, you'll learn quickly when you need to start. Other than that just try to remove anything that can be irritating. We don't smoke and we're currently saving to replace all our carpet with wood. You'll learn what works for her soon and that will help you calm down!

Lindsay - posted on 11/10/2008

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My baby girl is 7 months and they think she has asthma already i am worried as well . I dont think u can prevent it

Kim - posted on 11/10/2008

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ditto on the post below... my son is 11 -- he has had asthma all his life.. it started when he was about 2 weeks old. The best thing to do is stay calm, learn everything you can about asthma, and treat immediately as soon as you hear that dry, constant cough. It will get better as your child gets older (at least it did in my case). Try to eliminate any and all dust and watch for seasonal changes, that's when it strikes the most. We learned to avoid visting farms where there was hay (very dusty). Good Luck!

Michelle - posted on 11/07/2008

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Dear Trisha, my almost two year old has a tracheostomy and has to have frequent breathing treatments. She has asthmatic attacks frequently...my advice....try not to be afraid. Just jump on those treatments if a persistent cough starts. This is a particularly bad time of year where I live and has been hard on my girl, try to be vigilant in what you expose her too...strong odors, smoke...anything that might irritate her airway. You may soon find out what incites the attack. Hth, Michelle, Mother of 5

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