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Well last night I had to spend the night in the hospital with my son! Happy Birthday to him I guess!! We just celebrated his second birthday on Saturday. And on early Sunday morning I noticed he was having a hard time breathing. We took him into the hospital and after five hours of trying to treat him with puffers they admitted us over night. They can not diagnose him with asthma as this is "only" his second episode and he needs three to be classified as an asthmatic. But I'm all prepared for it!! I guess I have to be! So I was sent home this afternoon with two puffers and a steroid and a sick child!! Wish me luck as one of the puffers makes him hyper!! Like he really needs to be even more hyper!! Does any one else have a child with this problem. Please do tell and share!!

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I had a son that had astma. He was about 3 months old when he stopped breathing on me. Luckily I was passing by my doctors office and ran him in to his clinic with a limp body and they injected him with a shot to open up his breathing passages and sent me directly to the hospital 5 blocks away. Many people don't realize it but there are alot of allergins in the air in the products we use every day that will bring on these type of illnesses. Our son's was allergin related asthma. I don't know what kind your son has, but I would look into surrounding yourself with good products and a good vitamin. I have the name of a good one if you are interested. We had our son in treatments of all kinds. We had his skin tested to find out what he was allergic to and the worst thing was cats and grass and certain trees. Another bad thing is fireplaces and stoves in the winter because they take the oxygen out of the air. We didn't even own a cat but friends and family did, but we did have a wood stove and didn't realize until years later that that is one of the worst things for Asthma patients. He is now 25 and his only episodes are when he is in a home where there has been a cat or dog. He uses Melaleuca products and their vitamins to make his home an environmentally safe home and to improve his health. You can email me for more info: jhatchb@hotmail.com or jhatchb@gmail.com
I have asthma as does my son. he is 12 now and seems to have grown out of it "knock on wood" I have a 7 month old daughter that I am praying will not have any problems. He was hospitalized 5 times for it. Because I have had it since I was kid I have been through alot of different advancements they have had. The newest thing I have seen is a puffer that is a redish brown color. I don't like it myself. I don't think it works as good as the old ones but apparently these new ones are suppsoed to be "green" I can give you some tips that used to help my son and myself. First of all any sign of a cold needs to be taken care of right away!! The second my son coughs i treat him. Delsom (if i spelt that right) is a great cough medicine. It says it is used for brocitis (didn't spell that right!) but the doctor has prescribed that for him before and so anytime I can hear him getting a chest cold thats what I give him. I use it also and it is wonderful. A steamy bathroom helps. either a run a hot shower or put him in a warm bath. That helps to open the lunges. they say black coffee but I was always chicken to try it although I never acutually thought to try decalf. I always gave my son hot chocolate. Keeping them calm taking deep breaths (some times easier said than done) is helpful also. There are so many things about asthma that doctors don't tell you either becuase they simply don't have time. I hope this helpful and not too much. When they are having a problem don't give them anything cold to eat or drink. It makes it way harder to breath. I never liked humidifiers either but when I was really bad I would sit on the porch and get fresh air. the only problem with all of these is they are temporary. You will probably get a nebulizer which is what they use in the hospital.

I couldn't stand giving my son the steroids either but they work. The long term ones were the ones I really didn't like becaseu they kept him hyper. Honestly I didn't keep him on them for long. I have lots more ideas but if you are interested please feel free to let me know. I can tell you more of what worked really good for us.
Thanks Toni and every one else for your support and your stories! You were all so helpful!! From what I can tell Justin's asthma will most likely be triggered by a cold. That's what the doctors and specialists say anyways. I have to give him a puffer (flovent) twice a day at least till after Winter! And let me tell you he hates it!! He kicks his legs and cries! Now he is even starting to put his hand over his mouth when he sees me coming with his puffer. It's kind of funny and cute and sad all at the same time! The thing that worries me right now is not knowing when his third attack is going to be? And how bad it is going to be? I was surprised that he needed to be hospitalized the other time. But in a way I was also expecting it (if that makes any sense)! Thanks again for all the advice and stories!! Makes me feel a little better that I am not alone!!

Toni said:
I have asthma as does my son. he is 12 now and seems to have grown out of it "knock on wood" I have a 7 month old daughter that I am praying will not have any problems. He was hospitalized 5 times for it. Because I have had it since I was kid I have been through alot of different advancements they have had. The newest thing I have seen is a puffer that is a redish brown color. I don't like it myself. I don't think it works as good as the old ones but apparently these new ones are suppsoed to be "green" I can give you some tips that used to help my son and myself. First of all any sign of a cold needs to be taken care of right away!! The second my son coughs i treat him. Delsom (if i spelt that right) is a great cough medicine. It says it is used for brocitis (didn't spell that right!) but the doctor has prescribed that for him before and so anytime I can hear him getting a chest cold thats what I give him. I use it also and it is wonderful. A steamy bathroom helps. either a run a hot shower or put him in a warm bath. That helps to open the lunges. they say black coffee but I was always chicken to try it although I never acutually thought to try decalf. I always gave my son hot chocolate. Keeping them calm taking deep breaths (some times easier said than done) is helpful also. There are so many things about asthma that doctors don't tell you either becuase they simply don't have time. I hope this helpful and not too much. When they are having a problem don't give them anything cold to eat or drink. It makes it way harder to breath. I never liked humidifiers either but when I was really bad I would sit on the porch and get fresh air. the only problem with all of these is they are temporary. You will probably get a nebulizer which is what they use in the hospital.

I couldn't stand giving my son the steroids either but they work. The long term ones were the ones I really didn't like becaseu they kept him hyper. Honestly I didn't keep him on them for long. I have lots more ideas but if you are interested please feel free to let me know. I can tell you more of what worked really good for us.
You just ahve to be very vigilant in watching for a cold. Another really good thing I found to do, although it will be kinda hard as young as he is, is saline mist in the nose. I keeps the mucas (spelling again!) thin. I use it now to help with allergies and sinus problems. do it every day. It is so hard to see your kid crying when you know all you are doing is helping him!! I used to figure it was better when he was crying because when he took his deep breath he was getting more meds down his lounges. Thats how I got thru it. Good luck.
Hey Toni! They did give him saline drops at the hospital!! Yes, I will have to keep me senses open to when he's catching a cold. My nephews always had a hard time breathing too when they had a cold. They out grew it so I'm hoping Justin will too! Thanks again for all the advise! Your a big help!! And I will talk to you soon!!

Toni said:
You just ahve to be very vigilant in watching for a cold. Another really good thing I found to do, although it will be kinda hard as young as he is, is saline mist in the nose. I keeps the mucas (spelling again!) thin. I use it now to help with allergies and sinus problems. do it every day. It is so hard to see your kid crying when you know all you are doing is helping him!! I used to figure it was better when he was crying because when he took his deep breath he was getting more meds down his lounges. Thats how I got thru it. Good luck.
I have 2 asthmatic kids at home. G-man has been diagnosed with it since he was about 6 months. Tiger was about 9 months when he started showing signs. We were always prescribed liquid Albuterol. We finally got a nebulizer when the youngest was diagnosed. We didn't start using inhalers until 3 years ago. Both boys are now on chewable Singulair at night and available Pro-Air inhalers during the day.

The best thing you can do when you're trying to get an asthmatic through a cold is to eliminate dairy products. This will lessen the mucus and less mucus means less reactive bronchial tubes. We make up for calcium loss with good veggies. We went so far as to switch to soy based formulas and drinks during those awful weeks of congestion. Even me to lessen the mucus building stuff in my breast milk.

If warm drinks seem to help, skip the coffee and give him peppermint tea. Test for an allergy first though. If cold drinks help more I would chill pedialyte and in a pinch when we lost the inhaler I've given the boys Pepsi or Dr. Pepper to sip. Drinking through a straw is better than chugging from a sippy too. I wouldn't do that anytime close to an inhaler puff though. Benedryl can also help in a pinch.

My boys breath better in warm air than cold but my husband and I breath better in cold air than warm. I have situational Asthma due to a lung infection 8 years ago and the boys got it so early because I had to have my inhalers while pregnant although they were predestined to get it because my husband has it.

I have used saline too.

I may be repeating myself but when I spot a cold coming on I stop the milk, get started on the saline, make sure the inhalers are readily available, get stocked up on Benedryl, expectorant, and fluids, and then make sure all the nebulizer equipment is clean and ready to use. The hardest part of all of this is trying to get the poor guys to not run because that triggers more attacks.

Best wishes for you. You can handle it.
My 4 year old son has asthma too! He's had it since he was about two. I have to admit in the beginning it consumed my life 24/7 until I got it under control. My son is diagnosed with Moderate/Severe and is on Singulair, Xopenex, albuterol, and advair. The Singulair and Advair are his daily doses and the rest are rescue treatments. My son is having a flare now and today I had to call the doctor to let him know nothing was working out of all these treatments...he had to start steroids. Steroids are a moms worst nightmare when it comes to kids...it makes the kids naughty and SUPER hyper!!! So I feel your pain. I just pray we can get through his episode. I was told though, that when they have it as a young child, they tend to grow out of it.

Good Luck and remember to take one day at a time.
Thanks for your advice Jennifer!! I really hope your son will be ok!! My son is not bad at all!! I also had asthma when I was little. I had to take a pill every day. I eventually I out grew it! So I hope Justin will too!! I'm just waiting for his next episode to hit!! He's healthy right now. No cold!! Knock on wood! But you never know when one will hit. He's on flovent twice a day to prevent him from having problems during the winter. So I guess we'll have to see what happens!! Thanks again for your reply and I hope your son is ok!! Keep me posted on how he's doing!!

Jennifer Bellgraph said:
My 4 year old son has asthma too! He's had it since he was about two. I have to admit in the beginning it consumed my life 24/7 until I got it under control. My son is diagnosed with Moderate/Severe and is on Singulair, Xopenex, albuterol, and advair. The Singulair and Advair are his daily doses and the rest are rescue treatments. My son is having a flare now and today I had to call the doctor to let him know nothing was working out of all these treatments...he had to start steroids. Steroids are a moms worst nightmare when it comes to kids...it makes the kids naughty and SUPER hyper!!! So I feel your pain. I just pray we can get through his episode. I was told though, that when they have it as a young child, they tend to grow out of it.

Good Luck and remember to take one day at a time.
My nephews always had a hard time breathing too when they had a cold. They out grew it so I'm hoping Justin will too!
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I am 26 years old and I was diagosed with Asthma at the age of 3. It took them while to diagnos me because they weren't for sure what was wrong with me. It does take time to diagnose, but when you know what his "triggers" are then you can change your routine or take special steps to avoid them.
My daughter was a sever asthmatic for many years. You can read more about me and my daughter at my website. But let me give some quick advice. We have struggled with asthma for many years and are off all meds for one thing see a dr with good experience with asthma. We had a dr with little experience at the beginning and she suffered because of that. 1st find out about a nebulizer, 2 year olds do not generally get much relief from puffers.( that is what our dr said and my kids always had a nebulizer) Also xoponex has less side effects (makes them less hyper) than albuteral. I am not a dr but I have a lot of experience with this feel free to email me with questions, I really feel for you. Your son is in my prayers. I don't think I have ever recovered from watching my daughter almost die twice due to complications. Become an expert on your son. You are his first line of defense.
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