Asthma???

Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2007 - 4:35am
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How do you know if your child has asthma and at what age did they develop it?

I just took my son to the dr b/c he is allergic to the pollen (we think). He is just stuffy and coughing. His chest is clear and she said it was nothing and it would clear on its own. We do not have a family history of asthma but I still live on pins and needles everytime he gets the sniffles that he will develop asthma! I know I can't control it but it just worries me!

Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2007 - 4:56am
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We were just recently diagnosed at age 3. I had noticed on occasion I could swear I heard a little wheeze when she would run around or have a little cold. I would take her in and the doctor said sounds fine. The wheeze would resolve and was intermitant. Then recently she was stuffy, sneezing clear gook came out. I made an appt with the allergist thinking it was pollens/trees making her symptomatic. THe day of the appt I noticed her wheezing more pronounced and it wasn't going away. She also had a cough the night before. When I took her in she needed immediate breathing treatment and steroids because she was so obstructed by the now diagnosed asthma. She had been running around, laughing, screeming, eating and wasn't really acting much different till we got to the allergist. I guess my suggestion, going be my experience, would be, if not done already, have your Allergist listen to your child lungs and let them tell you if asthma is a concern. That is their specialty and I definitely believe in specialists versus seeing the pediatrician for certain things.
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Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2007 - 4:57am
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I have 2 with asthma and 2 without so far. I am like you, with every cold I worry about #3 but so far he does not have asthma, lungs are always clear and good. With my older 2, they developed it after bouts of coughing that would NOT go away...or would only surface when they were active. Sidney developed it around age 3...I had her in the doc's office over and over and he kept trying to treat her *cough* with cough meds. It took me going for a 2nd opinion and the first words out of the peds mouth was *asthma*. Then Jake developed it shortly after, probably by age 2....his was more wheezing(or coughing/wheezing when sick). His recently kicked up a notch because of seasonal allergies, but up until now his was easily controlled.
I would advice just watching coughs. When you son is sick, make sure the cough isn't lasting more then 10 days usually. I often put my ear up to their backs and make them take deep breaths, I can hear wheezing very well this way(in my son). And when it doubt, take them in, I have done this many times when coughs persist....(even with the same cold/allergy, we've gone in 2-3 times a week)....good luck. I know it;s hard, but he may end up with out it. I keep expecting my 3rd to develope it, but so far he's okay. HUGS
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2007 - 5:01am
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I heard that you don't normally get a diagnosis until about age 5 and I don't know if that's because they do 't get the symptoms (I doubt that), or because they don't have enough of a history of chronic respiratory conditions.
We didn't receive a diagnosis until age 5 and had had all these horrible coughs and colds before that. The thing was, we never heard any wheezing. He just coughed after he'd been running around a bit, and coughed when he went out into the cold air. And overall, just seemed to be less active for several weeks. We went to the allergists, she didn't hear anything in his lungs. We then did a breathing test, and repeated the test a few minutes after having some albuterol. There was a significant improvement after the albuterol and we had our diagnosis.
One of my son's classmates had the same symptoms develop about a month later and I asked his parents if he had asthma. They said no, but would get checked out and sure enough he did have asthma. Weird that they don't have to wheeze to have it.

Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2007 - 5:05am
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Thanks yall! I have been listening for it. Made my husbaqnd do it too and so far all we hear is clear breaths. He isn't coughing too much today, but last nights I guess his sinuses were dripping and he was choking on it or it was tickling his throat-either way he was coughing. Didn't get much cough syrup in him. I tried when he was sleeping and it drooled right out the other side of his mouth. I have never heard him wheeze. My friends whose children have asthma say stop worrying that believe them I would know when something wasn't right. Just my neuroses coming out!

Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2007 - 5:13am
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Have they done a breathing test to see if your child has asthma?
Our daughter was diagnosed with asthma at 5 months. She did not have to have daily medication until she was 3. This year they increased her medication.
Here are some of the signs I missed. When she would run she would stop occasionally, put her hands on her knees, breath and then take off again. At night she would make a growlish sound (scratching her throat). She could not take a true 'deep breath' if she was around alergins for any amount of time. She was cautious about playing when the temp. was extreem. It happened so gradually it was just what she did.
Luckily our Ped allergist knew the right questions to ask her. Even though she had clear chest sound, Doc ordered the test and found a 20% lung capacity difference after giving albuterol.
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They have the signs for asthma. Hope this helped. I am not a doc, just letting you know what happened to us.

Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2007 - 5:20am
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I agree with PeanutMilitia that it can just sort of creep up and there doesn't have to be a dramatic difference. The only reason we noticed it was that our son had always had a low activity level, we always thought he had a mellow personality. Then he had a tonsillectomy and immediately he started to act like a spinning top for several hours a day. This last several weeks, then the slow down for a few weeks before I mentioned this to a friend whose son had asthma, she was watching him run and cough and said "I don't want to tell you this but I bet he has asthma". That was when we took him in to be checked. If not for the dramatic change in activity level over the course of a couple of months we would never have noticed that he wasn't doing all he could and wanted to do. We would have just gone on having a "mellow kid".

Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2007 - 5:33am
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We have never had a breath check. He has never had a chest cold or anything involving his chest. We have never seen him stop when he is running or slow down for any reason while running around or playing. We and the dr have never seen any reason to test him for asthma, but I have always worried that he was going to get it based on him having PA. That is my whole bases for this. Believe me my husband sat me down and told me children get colds and that there is no reason to think it is anything else. So, I wanted to get everyone's input to find out how you came to realize that your child had asthma.

Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2007 - 5:55am
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mayeb I wasn't clear, my son Jake, he does wheeze, but my daughter Sidney, she has never wheezed. She coughs and is short of breath, but never wheezes(she did once with a cold). She is 8 and can tell me when she is short of breath(usually after lots of activity) and we use the inhaler and she says "that's better". She was given the dignosis *Cough Variant Asthma* back when she was 3...which meant instead of wheezing, she would cough when she coudln't breath or catch her breath. So that is why I talked more about coughing...if it persisits or you notice it during/after activity(like my daughter can cough on the trampoline, just jumping)....
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2007 - 5:57am
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For us, it was obvious. DD has always been a wheezer and had respiratory issues.
Our pediatrician told us, dd was at high risk for developing asthma even as an infant. She had severe GERD, eczema, and was having problems with milk and soy.
She was also hospitalized with RSV at an early age- and I remember someone telling me then that the younger your child is the more likely they will be to develop asthma?
Official diagnoses came @ 2yrs (I remember it being right about the same time as PA diagnosis).
Our dd was triggered by exercise, allergens, colds, weather changes, etc and would go from fine to respiratory distress in no time. She was hospitalized multiple times, including in ICU before we were able to find the correct maintenence meds.
Anyway, I'm sure I'm not being much help and I understand your fear of your PA child developing asthma but for *us* it was not something we ever had to wonder, we always knew.
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10 yo dd- PA,TNA, tests pos to soy, CATS, many environmentals, Asthmatic
5 yo dd- NKA, avoiding nuts
3 yo dd- outgrown milk/soy, avoiding nuts

Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2007 - 9:07am
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Quote:Originally posted by krc:
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Our pediatrician told us, dd was at high risk for developing asthma even as an infant. She had severe GERD, eczema, and was having problems with milk and soy.
She was also hospitalized with RSV at an early age-
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krc...this is my 3rd, everything the same, GERD, milk, soy and he was hospitalized for RSV...and he still shows no signs of asthma, he has me puzzled....but I hope it continues!!!
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig and EE)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)
[This message has been edited by chanda4 (edited May 03, 2007).]

Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2007 - 10:01am
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Quote:Originally posted by chanda4:
[b] krc...this is my 3rd, everything the same, GERD, milk, soy and he was hospitalized for RSV...and he still shows no signs of asthma, he has me puzzled....but I hope it continues!!!
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Hi Chandra! Funny, the same thing is true of my third too! Yes, lets hope that continues [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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Quote:Originally posted by krc:
[b] Hi Chandra! Funny, the same thing is true of my third too! Yes, lets hope that continues [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img][/b]
Makes you wonder what the deciding factor is, KWIM? The differences I can note in my third is that her GERD and eczema were less severe and I also completely avoided nuts while pregnant and nursing. Who knows???
[This message has been edited by krc (edited May 03, 2007).]

Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2007 - 10:26am
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My dd was diagnosed with asthma when she was about 2-3 yrs old after many bouts of croup. We had just come back from a holiday and she had what Gold Coast Dr said was croup, and had our first appointment with allergy specialist (in fact day after we arrived home). He immediately said, after listening to her chest, "This child has asthma" I was right all along. Gave her the usual medications (ventolin spacer etc). Later tests revealed PA and EA but of course there was always a chance as there is a strong family history of PA & EA (from Mum) and asthma (both parents and an aunt). Just hope your little one does not get asthma.

Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2007 - 9:25pm
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Growing up an asthmatic, I knew when my children were all young, who was developing asthma.
I could hear them weeze, and I had them diagnosed before the doctors.

Posted on: Fri, 05/04/2007 - 12:51am
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My DD developed it at 5. She had a cough that went on for months, so we kept bringing her back to the Dr., and then her allergist took it up. We basically went through ruling out this and that, then trying asthma meds, and eventually it was diagnosed as asthma. She RARELY has wheezed, and she doesn't much get short of breath, but that cough was constant and could not be cured until she was on a regimen of asthma meds. Now it's gone - not the asthma, but the cough, with daily meds.

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