My 3yr old was just hospitalized for an asthma attack, in the last five days he has had steroids and breathing treatments. He is still wheezing and oxygen levels still dip. Is this common for asthma or should I be concerned for something else?

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Kristin - posted on 10/24/2012

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Oh and my doctor told me that cough syrup and all that does not help an astmatic child. My son was on ventilian and subutamol steroid

Kristin - posted on 10/24/2012

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It is very common for asthma. My son was diagnosed and hospitalized for asthma when he was one and the first few years are rough. Now he is almost 7 and has one or 2 attacks a year. I always put a humidifier in his room and do not have pets and the pet dander triggers asthma attacks. Also I bought a nebulizer and mask for at home to help with the attacks. he used to be on the machine and mask at home every 4 hours. If you find he is getting gray and is really struggling to breathe do not hesitate to take him to the emergency room. breathing issues are scary and if you feel worried take him in. Keep in mind that the wheezing will last for a week or two sometimes. But you know your son so just monitor him carrefully. I was overly paranoid and took my son in often but better safe than sorry i always say,

Moira - posted on 10/23/2012

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From personal experience it is common. The problem with treatments is they usually only work for a short period of time. Have they prescribed a long term steriod? Or a pill form. Usually that is what I need to get me back on my feet. The problem with toddlers is they usually won't diagnos asthma until his 5th attack. So they might keep treating him with ventalin for awhile.



Also there might be something environmental contributing to his attacks (i.e. a cat or a dog)? Or does he have a cold? Remember that the wheezing is just a symptom. Keep the air as dry and cool as possible (it's not like a cold where you want to put a humidifier on). Avoid any scented sprays or candles. When he sleeps you will want him as flat as possible (so reduce the height of his pillows). Avoid ibeprophin or cough suppresents. and good luck it could be a long hall. When in doubt or if you are worried his breathing is getting worse take him to the ER, when i comes to asthma they don't mess around....

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