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kids with asthma

Posted by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 3:20 PM
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my 10 year old gets an asthma attack about every 3 months or so. at least i think it is. it goes away shortly after he gets it. he has only been givin an inhaler once. nothing permanent. but i wonder if that is best. he gets out of breath really quickly.

 

what really is asthma. how do you deal with your kids asthma and can it be something in my home that is causing it? he has a doctors app soon but im curious.

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Sygar71
by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 3:32 PM

 I have a son, daughter and my DH has asthma. As far as your son's situation, with him becoming out of breath quickly he could have what they call sport induced asthma. My daughter has that. She needs to have her inhaler with her at school on gym days and if they go on field trips. My son asthma is triggered by the weather. if it's very cold or very humid he needs his inhaler, not a daily thing. My husband on the other hand asthma is caused by alot of different things. Cats, Dogs, perfume, hairspray.. I have to watch what I spray around him and such and we can't have animals.. had a kitty not too long ago and his asthma got so bad he was hospitalized..No more Animals in this household.

The doctors should do a test to check for his asthma. they did it for my daughter that's how they found out that it was sport induced. My son was born with it.. Also if needed they can give you a nebulizer for the house. It's a machine  you can use to give him a breathing treatment  as needed at home instead of having to take him to the dr or ER everytime he has an attack.

I hope this helped ya & I hope all goes well for your son!

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starlette17
by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 3:51 PM

 I've had asthma for most of my life and when I would get an asthma attack it would feel like I was a fish out of water or someone was sitting on my chest. I used an inhaler when that would happen and try to relax and it would be ok. Usually things in the home don't make it worse. Laying flat, humidity, or running/playing usually brought them on, but everyone is different so I hope this helps a little until you get to your doctor.

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stefvan
by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 10:43 PM

My dd has severe asthma.  Last year she was hospitalized 15 days.  She now has a lung specialist and gets allergy shots.  She was tested when she was little and nothing came up.  She was retested earlier this year and a lot came up. 

You should take your son to see a dr when you notice it.  My dd's is illness induced.  Like right now, she has the flu and she is wheezing.  She is on Advair and Singulair daily.  And, Albuterol in the nebulizer or inhaler as needed. 

chiquis
by Diamond Member on Jul. 28, 2009 at 10:44 PM

He should make sure he always has the inhaler with him. But I would look into the preventive one I believe it's call Advair? ... it works very well. Honestly I don't use it as I think its gross lol. You crush a small pill then suck it in. Yuck lol. but my ex MIL used and never had another asmtha attack for years.  

cindinoell
by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 10:47 PM

I had asthma growing up, but mine was only excersise-induced, and also came from having allergies. Do you have any pets, plants, or anything else that could be giving him allergies? It's really hard to pin one single thing that is causing it. I would maybe start him on Children's Claritin. It's non-drowsy and might help. GL.



TiffanieJohnson
by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 10:49 PM

I grew up with asthma, and one of my sisters has it as well. It's caused by a narrowing of the airway, typically characterized by wheezing. Several things can trigger an attack...For me it was allergies and exercise, but it can also be triggered by stress, weather, etc...I was given an albuterol inhaler (fast acting) and a nebulizer machine which gives medication over 10-20mins or so through almost like a mask. I would recommend having both on hand.

Grneydmomof2
by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 10:52 PM

My son gets a flare up with the humidity or if its too dusty in the house. We have a nebulizer(sp?) that I use when he gets too congested just to clear him up but I usually just have to pump him at night before bedtime cause thats when he really coughs alot.




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ILive4This
by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 10:55 PM

Ashtma is airway constriction...airways getting smaller.  It can have a number of triggers, from cleaning products, pet dander, exercise, and many many more.  You should have a fast-acting inhaler handy for him, since his episodes are repeated.  Albuterol or xopenex...some sort of bronchodilator.  And a peak flow meter as well, so he can blow into it, and  you can kind of tell by how much air he's moving, where his lung function is at the moment.  Ask you dr, or course.  I'm a respiratory therapist, and the bulk of my patients have asthma.

ILive4This
by on Jul. 28, 2009 at 11:00 PM

That's called a dry-powder inhaler, and yes, it's a maintenance drug....in theory, keeps the episode from occuring.  There are some that are aerosolized too.  Some are steroids, some are anti-inflammatories.  Not everybody requires a maintenance drug, but some do.

Quoting chiquis:

He should make sure he always has the inhaler with him. But I would look into the preventive one I believe it's call Advair? ... it works very well. Honestly I don't use it as I think its gross lol. You crush a small pill then suck it in. Yuck lol. but my ex MIL used and never had another asmtha attack for years.  


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