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Asthma

Posted by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 1:44 PM
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My daughter had a med check (she has adhd) the other day and has been complaining a lot lately about having trouble breathing during some of her choir exercises (the teacher has them doing things to strengthen their core to make singing better).  So I asked to have her checked for asthma.  Turns out she came up at 18% of what is normal for a kid her age, weight, height.  So we're having to head to the allergy/asthma doc.  

What can we expect when we go for testing?

by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 1:44 PM
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egyptian_mommy
by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 9:33 PM
My son was diagnosed during an attack and only had the Dr listen then send him for an xray. So I'm not really sure how it would normally go. But I hope you get answers soon.
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Nicholy10
by on Dec. 5, 2012 at 9:35 PM

Mine was diagnosed because of frequent asthma attacks that had him hospitalized. So I'm not really sure how they do it normally. Good luck!

Vertical15
by Vanessa on Dec. 6, 2012 at 12:28 PM

I'm not sure either.  Due to having pnuemonia as a newborn my Drs have warned me that my 2yo could have asthma when he is older but I don't know how they test for it.  I hope someone knows something.

karamille
by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Not much more will be tested, what they have done already tells them a lot about your child.  They will probably have him do the test when you blow into the machine, suck air back in, then blow out again.  Then they have you use an inhailer, wait 10-15 minutes, and do the blow test again to see if your lung function improves with the inhaler. They will start him on a regimin of asthma meds, and there may be some tweeking involved over the months.  As for an action plan if they don't mention it.  It tells you how to manage your childs asthma IN WRITING when they are healthy, showing asthma symptoms or are sick, and when they are having a serious asthma event.  You can't expect to remember it all, so you want it in writing.  We have red, yellow, green light action plan.  When he's green - healthy - he takes allergy medication and two puffs of a preventitive medication daily.  When he's yellow - cough, wheezing, has a resperatory illness, or a little short of breath - we use rescue inhaler (like albuterol) every 4 hours, and increase the preventitive medication.  When he's in red - difficultly breathing, retracting, lips not looking as pink as they should - we use up to 8 puffs of the rescue inhaler spread out over a small amount of time and if that doesn't stop it, we head to the emergency department.  

rocky_mtn_mama
by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Thanks ladies.  Do you think since it's an allergy/asthma specialist that they'll test her for allergies as well?

MsStaceyu
by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 2:01 PM

My son was diagnosed when he was 7 years old.  He has food allergies and while we were at an allergy appointment, I mentioned that he was congested and would throw up a lot after P.E.  She suspected asthma and did a computerized breathing test.  It was like a video game where you had to breathe into a tube.  They said he had asthma and they gave him an inhaler that he uses 2x a day and an albuterol inhaler that he uses for emergencies.

TigerofMu
by Sonja on Dec. 6, 2012 at 2:22 PM

I love your avatar photo - I know, off topic.  

I don't know what to expect, but I agree there are definitely some concerns there.  I hope everything goes smoothly for you!

karamille
by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 2:30 PM


Quoting rocky_mtn_mama:

Thanks ladies.  Do you think since it's an allergy/asthma specialist that they'll test her for allergies as well?

They might.  Different drs have different theories.  Ours did.  But I know people who see a different dr who says if you aren't planning on doing allergy shots, then there's no need.  Ours did it because if we know its seasonal (like Max's is tree pollen and fall weeds) we know when those pollen counts are high to go to Yellow on our action plan.  

MsStaceyu
by on Dec. 6, 2012 at 3:49 PM


Quoting rocky_mtn_mama:

Thanks ladies.  Do you think since it's an allergy/asthma specialist that they'll test her for allergies as well?

If you wanted her tested for allergies, you should definitely say something at her appointment.  Otherwise, they might not test her unless they're concerned about something.

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