Talking Allergies

found out my wee one has asthma too :(
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Author:  Tara [ Thu Dec 07, 2006 12:20 am ]
Post subject:  found out my wee one has asthma too :(

My 4 year old, Connor, has had his puffers for as long as I can remember. He always had weird sounding breathing, right from birth. He wasn't even a year old when we were told he probably has asthma. Now he has to take his puffers every morning and night to keep it under control, and takes Singulair Sept-Feb every year. Luckily, he does not have a lot of allergies - no seasonal allergies, just cats, and unfortunately, peanuts.

My 2 1/2 year old, Eric, has been a pretty healthy kid. He has had a clear, runny nose pretty much since birth. When he gets a cold, he's a trooper, but ends up with a bad cough that lasts forever. He's had a horrible cough for a couple months, and has recently been waking up many times a night because of it, and also has thrown up a couple times in his sleep from coughing so hard... Scary! Dr was listening to his breathing and said it sounds like asthma, and she is going to refer him to Connor's allergy/asthma doctor to get some allergy testing done. He gets wheezy around cats (Connor and my husband and I are all definitely allergic to cats and I'm 99.99% sure Eric is too), and with Connor's peanut allergy, she said it's a good time to get some testing done.

So, it looks like both of my boys have asthma - Connor with a firm diagnosis and Eric with a 'most likely' diagnosis.

Author:  dustytiger [ Thu Dec 07, 2006 11:33 am ]
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awww poor little guy i was diagonsed with broncial asthma at fifteen years old and it scared me then, so i can only imagne how scary it must be for a little guy to cough that hard, wake up, have to catch his breath and be in that much pain (every muscle in your body hurts from coughing) bathtime will be his friend (especially if you can make the room steamy before you get the water the the right temperature for him since he's young)

good luck with the allergist/asthma doc, and like i tell everyone with that kind of asthma be ready to fight with some older doctors about his condition cause they'll want to treat him as a regular cough patient rather then an asthmatic and it can be stressful

Author:  Tara [ Thu Dec 07, 2006 1:25 pm ]
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I'm not too worried about the doctor - my 4 year old started seeing him at 2 1/2, and at that time, that was the same kind of symptoms he had. My family doctor at the time wasn't sure the specialist would consider it asthma or not but he said "Definitely, why would she think otherwise?" So I know he'll be good with Eric too ;)

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