Bronchiolitis or Asthma?? Should I get a second Opinion?

Sarah - posted on 03/19/2010 ( 4 moms have responded )




My daughter was diagnosed with Bronchiolitis at the beginning of February. I was than told that she respiratory syncytial virus {RSV}, which left me at home for two weeks with my little girl resembling a rag doll and on oxygen. Not only did she hate me for having to make sure the nasal cannula were in her nose correctly, but i hated me for letting her get so sick.

A week and a half later she was taken off the oxygen and we were given the okay, she's better. I asked the doctor about taking her down to one of the leading respiratory hospitals her in Denver to have them take a look at her to see if maybe there was a chance for Asthma. As Cae has been sick basically nonstop since September, so I figure what the hey, why not? The doc told me not to worry about that until she was like three of four years old due to the fact -shes two, two years olds get sick.-

A week later, sick again. The doc tells me that my daughter has Asthma. So Albuterol breathing treatments and a yeast infections from you know where.....

What do you think? Should I go get a second opinion since there is obviously some conflicts in my doctors office? And has anyone heard of albuterol causing yeast infections? Cause I'm at a loss....

Thanks guys.


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Suzanne - posted on 03/22/2010




I have a similiar problem with my oldest, minus the yeast infection. Don't really know about that issue. However, they told me that you really can't tell at this age, if it is bronchiolitis or Asthma and that if its bronchiolitis, they will outgrow it. She is 3 years, 4 months and had her first attack in August 2009. I don't think it is anything to worry about right now, if the only time she gets it, is when she is sick. Even though he gave her the Asthma diagnosis, it was the result of a respitory infection, if I am reading your post correctly. This again would be bronchiolitis. Does she use a nebulizer with breathing treatments, when she is sick? Denver has some good doctors and excellent medical facilities, and I think if you have a reputable doctor, I.E., board certified in pediatric medicine or internal medicine, if he really thought you should see a specialist, he would recommend a second opinion or to see a specialiist because it would be out of his expertise. Based on what you have said in the post, it sounds a lot like my situation, but I think your daughter probably needs to have a few more severe episodes before a specialist would be brought in, because she could just outgrow it. I never even thought to see a specialist this early. As always, if you feel really strongly about it, it cannot hurt. Keep in mind however, that a lot of times, experts cant give you a complete opinion, until it continues to occur under a lot if different circumstances. My cousin was evaluated by the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota back in 1998 after having one MS like attack. They told her she had a 1 in 3 chance of having it, at that time. So we were pretty confident she didn't have it. However, she had another attack in 2001 and at that time was formally diagnosed with having MS. However, since then she has been on a preventative experimental treatment plan, but she could be getting the treatment or a placibo, she does not know. However, since 2001, she has not had any MS attacks. So now we are totally confused regarding what is going on or maybe the treatment plan is working. My point is, getting the expert opinion, may not get you any closer to finding out what is really going on. Time may be the only real way of knowing what is going on, under these circumstances. Good luck to you.

Michelle - posted on 03/19/2010




Here is some info about side effects of Albuterol in children. You can ask your pediatrician if you can get a referral to see a respiratory specialist or an allergist or you might to see if you can switch doctors if you aren't comfortable with your pediatrician.

Here is a post about Albuterol and RSV. Good luck.

Jackie - posted on 03/19/2010




Sounds like you should do what you thought about doing to start with by taking her to the leading respiratory hospital. Its funny that your doctor said no this is normal and then a week later diagnose her with what you thought was the problem anyways.

One thing I have learned about being a mother.. Is guts or instinct.. IF you got them go with them... Its better to take her anyways regardless of what your dr says just to be on the safe side. Nothing wrong with that, your just a concerned and worried mother and any dr or nurse will appreicate you looking after your own child.

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