breathing treatments?

Catherine - posted on 03/24/2010 ( 1 mom has responded )

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so i just took my son to the doctor cause over the weekend i had to take him to the emergency room he ended up having a upper respiratory infection and a horrible ear infection. So when i took him back to the doctor he told me that it sounded like my son had asthma, and i had to buy a breathing machine and get the albutarol sulfate. Has any other moms gone through this? did your child have asthma? What does sounds like supposed to mean could i be doing this and him not have asthma, shouldnt the doctor be sure if he is going to tell me to do something like this?

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Julie - posted on 03/25/2010

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My little man came home with breathing treatments for his BPD, though he is off them now. I am sad to see that your doctor didn't educate you any better. I would look into utilizing a respiratory service in your area (our hospital put us in touch with them before discharge). They were VERY helpful: set us up with a nebulizer, showed us how to use it and answered all our questions.



Albuterol was easier for us to give than the steroids (I think they tasted bitter). But, once my guy got older (a few months, corrected age) he FOUGHT the treatments and it was awful!



My best tip: wait until he is asleep, turn on the nubulizer under a big pillow (it seemed to jar him awake no matter what else we tried) and then hold it very close to his face. The instructions said NOT to use it on a sleeping child, but our NP at the Lung Center recommended it ... meds while sleeping is better than none AND getting him all worked up, I guess.



There really should be some support out there for you, ask your doctor or the office to help you find it.

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