FYI-asthma comes with a cough

Posted on: Tue, 01/17/2006 - 11:27pm
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Met with our well regarded allergist yesterday who let me know that asthma always comes with a cough - wanted to pass that on for other Moms who may also have be concerned that their kids have asthma. My DS gets breathy at times but so far no cough. There is a good reason to be concerned though - ~50-70% of kids with FA develop asthma but allergist said that it is v manageable and doesnt impact life as FA does.

Posted on: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 12:56am
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DS is too young to test for asthma, but since he was having lots of upper respiratory infections when he was about 18 mo we treat him for it. DH has it and I have terrible allergies, so DS is just doomed! DS does nebulizer treatments twice a day, and we really haven't had any asthma attacks or wheezing to deal with. He does get a tight cough when he gets a cold, but then we kick up the nebulizer treatments and he gets through it just fine. HIs allergist says if we treat him this way he may just outgrow it by the time he's 6 or so. His cousin is now 13 and doesn't do treatments anymore. It may take some time and makes me nervous when he gets a cough, but nothing like the impact his PA has on us.

Posted on: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 3:26am
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hi, my 8 yr old who has asthma sometimes does not cough. He clears his throat and grunts. There are times when he is wheezing with no signs at all.

Posted on: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 3:34am
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The first time my son was diagnosed with asthma, we had no idea what was wrong with him.
He was just laying around. He didn't cough once. We took him to the er because he seemed ill, but had no visible symptoms. His oxygen level was very low and the dr showed my how you could see "retracting" on his ribs.
To this day, when his asthma is aggravated, usually when he is sick or when the pollen is high, he isn't a cougher. His allergist even said that the "silent" asthma kids are the scariest because you don't always realize they are having asthma attack.
My son now recognizes when his chest is tight and will ask for his inhaler.
so, i would say that i don't agree with the dr who said that asthma comes with a cough.

Posted on: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 4:25am
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I also don't agree that asthma comes with a cough. My 3 boys are all asthmatic. My middle son is PA also. He always coughs with his asthma attacks (his peanut reactions, 2, came with croupy sounding breathing). My youngest, however, is one of those "silent" asthmatics as well. The worst attack he had was Christmas Eve last year when we couldn't wake him up in the morning. He was so lethargic and kept falling back asleep. He had been wheezing for the past few days and we had been treating him with the nebulizer but since he wasn't a "cougher" like our older two sons, we hadn't treated him in the middle of the night. We took him straight to the doctor that morning and his pulse ox was low. They treated him again and he had perked up. From then on, if my youngest has flare-ups, we treat him every 3-4 hours regardless of whether he's coughing or not. So please don't just look for a cough to determine if your child has asthma.

Posted on: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 12:56am
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DS is too young to test for asthma, but since he was having lots of upper respiratory infections when he was about 18 mo we treat him for it. DH has it and I have terrible allergies, so DS is just doomed! DS does nebulizer treatments twice a day, and we really haven't had any asthma attacks or wheezing to deal with. He does get a tight cough when he gets a cold, but then we kick up the nebulizer treatments and he gets through it just fine. HIs allergist says if we treat him this way he may just outgrow it by the time he's 6 or so. His cousin is now 13 and doesn't do treatments anymore. It may take some time and makes me nervous when he gets a cough, but nothing like the impact his PA has on us.

Posted on: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 3:26am
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hi, my 8 yr old who has asthma sometimes does not cough. He clears his throat and grunts. There are times when he is wheezing with no signs at all.

Posted on: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 3:34am
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The first time my son was diagnosed with asthma, we had no idea what was wrong with him.
He was just laying around. He didn't cough once. We took him to the er because he seemed ill, but had no visible symptoms. His oxygen level was very low and the dr showed my how you could see "retracting" on his ribs.
To this day, when his asthma is aggravated, usually when he is sick or when the pollen is high, he isn't a cougher. His allergist even said that the "silent" asthma kids are the scariest because you don't always realize they are having asthma attack.
My son now recognizes when his chest is tight and will ask for his inhaler.
so, i would say that i don't agree with the dr who said that asthma comes with a cough.

Posted on: Wed, 01/18/2006 - 4:25am
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I also don't agree that asthma comes with a cough. My 3 boys are all asthmatic. My middle son is PA also. He always coughs with his asthma attacks (his peanut reactions, 2, came with croupy sounding breathing). My youngest, however, is one of those "silent" asthmatics as well. The worst attack he had was Christmas Eve last year when we couldn't wake him up in the morning. He was so lethargic and kept falling back asleep. He had been wheezing for the past few days and we had been treating him with the nebulizer but since he wasn't a "cougher" like our older two sons, we hadn't treated him in the middle of the night. We took him straight to the doctor that morning and his pulse ox was low. They treated him again and he had perked up. From then on, if my youngest has flare-ups, we treat him every 3-4 hours regardless of whether he's coughing or not. So please don't just look for a cough to determine if your child has asthma.

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