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Posted on: Wed, 06/16/2004 - 4:57am
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Darenberg, I hope you don't mind, but I just e-mailed you a couple of questions about asthma.
DS is much better, and no longer has the bad nighttime cough, but he's still coughing occasionally when he gets active. Not sure what, if anything, we need to do about this. We stopped the albuterol yesterday per his doctor's instructions, but he's still on Zyrtec and Singulair (and it sounds like she wants us to continue them indefinitely).
For those of you who have asthmatic kids, do you give albuterol if your child just coughs a few times when playing, even if it's not a bad cough and likely won't progress into wheezing? My instinct would be to not do anything, but I'm wondering what is normally recommended. (He has always done this to some extent, but I have just ignored it. I did mention it to his pediatrician once a year or two ago, but she didn't say anything.)
Also, what do you do when your child wakes up in the middle of the night with a bad asthma-like cough? Cough syrup, albuterol, both, or something else?
I'm going to ask DS's pediatrician about all this at his next appointment, but am wondering what most moms do for these things.
Also, who handles your child's asthma treatment: a pediatrician or an allergist? In the past, things have been pretty clear cut, as DS has gone to an allergist for issues related to his allergies, and a pediatrician for other things (like colds). They more or less have worked like a team. We called the ped for his cough because we were wondering if it could be bronchitis or something. He has an allergist appointment coming up, though, and I'm assuming we'll discuss the asthma then.
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Posted on: Thu, 06/17/2004 - 5:28am
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Quote:Originally posted by marina_twinmom:
[b]Darenberg, I hope you don't mind, but I just e-mailed you a couple of questions about asthma.
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I did not get your e-mail. Feel free to try again. I wonder if I am not accidentally losing some mail with the new "spam" filter my computer is using. IF you want, try to e-mail me at [email]DA1964@aol.com[/email], and see what happens. I would be happy to answer asthma questions.

Posted on: Thu, 06/17/2004 - 10:04am
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Ian is on both Singulair and albuterol, and I don't noticed a difference with either medication. Of course, he's so high energy, I don't know if I'd notice if he drank an entire pot of caffeinated coffee, LOL! I do notice that albuterol make *me* jittery, though. I hate that feeling.

Posted on: Thu, 06/17/2004 - 11:42am
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iansmom, I used albuterol once and my whole body was shaking, my heart was racing,and I could hardly even talk. That was one puff. I don't know how little kids can take 2. Never again!!
darenburg or anyone else who may know this answer....Both my boys, 6 and 8 have allergies (obviously) and asthma. The only time their asthma acts up is when they get sick. One is on Advair, and one on Pulmicort. Now, do the preventative meds. help in cases like this? To me it seems like it wouldn't, but what do I know.
Neither one has exercise induced or anything, so does it lessen the problems they will have when they get sick, eliminate it or is it mainly for people who have more frequent attacks?

Posted on: Fri, 06/18/2004 - 1:36am
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Quote:darenburg or anyone else who may know this answer....Both my boys, 6 and 8 have allergies (obviously) and asthma. The only time their asthma acts up is when they get sick. One is on Advair, and one on Pulmicort. Now, do the preventative meds. help in cases like this? To me it seems like it wouldn't, but what do I know.
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Yes...if they get in "asthma trouble" with colds etc. (which is qute common), the use of Advair or Pulmicort on a regular basis (i.e. before the cold starts) will lessen the extent to which colds cause their asthma to flare up. It may not totally eliminate their symptoms, but should definitely reduce the trouble they get into.

Posted on: Fri, 06/18/2004 - 3:22am
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darenberg, thank you!! I have been trying to find this out and no one seemed to know the answer. I really appreciate it. My kids seem to always be on so much medicine that I hate to give them something they don't need.
I also really liked the singulair better. Do you think a 6 and 8 year old can properly inhale Pulmicort and Advair?
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Posted on: Fri, 06/18/2004 - 4:53am
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Quote:Originally posted by momma2boys:
[b]I also really liked the singulair better. Do you think a 6 and 8 year old can properly inhale Pulmicort and Advair?[/b]
Interesting. Probably yes, but I treat only adults so I have no first hand experience, other than the fact that these dry powder inhalers are very easy to use (compared to propellant inhalers like albuterol for example).

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