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My son was just diagnosed with asthma, his ped put him on polmicort once daily and albuterol as needed. Well the polmicort is a steriod, should I be worried about changes in his behavior? He has been on it since Wednesday, and the past two days he has been eating a lot! Is that due to the steriod or maybe a growth spert? Any advice???

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Asked by Anonymous at 9:17 PM on Jun. 12, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • My daughter gets put on steroids every single time she gets sick because of breathing problems. They havent diagnosed her with asthma yet...but every time she gets on the steroids, she does get really cranky. But not usually the hunger. Its probably a growth spurt? :)

    Answer by Sherrae at 9:35 PM on Jun. 12, 2010

  • I would think it is just a growth spurt. My son is on steroids and has never been cranky or had more hunger. It could be that he can actually breath and just has more energy to do things. I know that when I can breath after taking my inhalers, I do have more energy but it's because I can breath without it hurting.

    Answer by tyfry7496 at 9:49 PM on Jun. 12, 2010

  • My daughter has been on both for years and has never had a problem.

    Answer by BlooBird at 10:34 PM on Jun. 12, 2010

  • I have not had any problems with them eating more or acting differently due to the meds. I would say hes just hungry.

    Answer by QandA at 11:10 PM on Jun. 12, 2010

  • Oral steriods can increase appetites and cause mood swings.

    Answer by rkoloms at 7:54 AM on Jun. 13, 2010

  • My son is on pulmicort and hasn't had any issues. Only "issues" I have ever heard is maybe a change in behavior.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:41 AM on Jun. 13, 2010

  • To help with the asthma, switch to natural products. Chemicals can effect his breathing. Plus use something that kills dust mites because they are triggers for asthma sufferers. Here is a link for more info on an amazing online company that has natural products that help with asthma plus one products that kills dust mites. Ask specifically for asthma help! They have so many ideas sucha s spraying down bedding, coaches, rugs with their product that kills dust mites.

    Answer by MoriahL at 11:49 AM on Jun. 19, 2010

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