that Madi had to have a breathing treatment tonight. I think we caught her just in time before she had an asthma attack. This is so frustrating and I feel like we're one step forward, two steps back sometimes. I'm still holding out hope that her body is just having a hard time fighting off a cold but these symptoms seem all too familiar.
For those of you that have kids without respiratory problems, I have a few questions....
1. When your child gets a cold how long do they keep a cough?
2. Do they get short of breath or wheeze even with minimal activity (like walking in a parking lot) when sick?
It would be nice to know what is considered "normal"....
I'm sorry. :( I can imagine how frustrated you feel. The great news is that we have these kinds of meds available. I remember not being able to participate in a lot of stuff because I wasn't considered high enough of a risk for the meds back then.
I'll do this twice since one has asthma and the other doesn't.
1. Any cough lingers about 2 weeks after his other symptoms disappear. We were told it would probably stay like that until he's 5-6 and his lungs are bigger.
2. He definitely gets very tired, very easy when sick. I have to plan a lot more rest periods into our schedule and usually nix our usual walks. Half of that I would say is sensory though, his ability to handle stimulation just plummets when he's dealing with his own bodily functions being screwy. Also, he's afraid of water. This includes tears, and he always has leaky eyes with colds/flus. It's FUN!
1. Without his inhaler Daniel had 10 colds in 5 months, with a stomach flu mixed in. The cough did not go away at all until he was put on a breathing treatment then doubled dose (2x twice a day - qvar) for 2 weeks with his emerg inhaler every 4 hours. It sucked!
2. Again, without the inhaler, he was a lethargic mess. Wouldn't walk more than a few steps before asking to be held, melted on the floor all over the house. It was truly pathetic, but genuine so it made everyone pretty miserable having to watch him. After the 2 week doubling he seemed.... Ok, but still wasn't really active and I noticed at meal times he would sit there with his chest really moving. More than it should. Sure enough he was still having a wheeze. Been on the inhaler since then. We just got the go ahead to try weaning off the night dose since he doesn't sleep as well (makes him a bit jittery), but if he gets any colds we have to go straight back to the doubled dose to get rid of it ASAP.
I'm afraid I'm no help with these questions. I will just exclude Eli from this equation. All of my other kids slow down a bit with a cold, but seriously not much and there is no shortness of breath. I think it really depends on the child though.
Joshua does slow down with a cold but he's rarely had a cough, he does tend to be nasal a lot more and for a lot longer if he's got a cold or allergies. His adenoids were removed last summer and only recently has he started to sound nasal and snore again, I'm wondering if they grew back but it's not as bad as it was before the adenoids were removed.
The last few days Madi was coughing less but still very short of breath. Just walking across the parking lot was enough to make her huff and puff. I decided it was time to see the Pulmo so I took her in this afternoon. Her oxygen level was at 91% and her lung function tests showed "airway resistance." The doctor told me this was absolutely more than a cold and put her back on her daily inhaler. We also have to use the Xoponex 3x a day until symptoms improve. She goes back in November to be checked again.
I am pretty disappointed but I'm looking at the bright side. On medicine she is a happy healthy child and no one would ever guess she has respiratory issues. And the doc said we could try to take her off again next year so I'm staying optimistic.
It seems like maybe she's slowly outgrowing it so I'd be optimistic for next year too!!
OK, so here's my question...
She managed to do fine for a while with no medication. Now she's going back on. Once she recovers, are you going to try for a lower dose since she's shown that she can go for quite some time with no medication?
Incidentally, have you ever tried Respiractin? I know a few people who swear by it. It is an herbal tonic that is made specifically for children and adults with colds, allergies, and chronic respiratory issues. There is a big summary here: http://www.nationalnutrition.ca/detail.aspx?ID=2257
A friend of mine's 1yo daughter had chronic pneumonia for months that antibiotics weren't clearing up. It went away after about a week of using this. You can buy it at many health stores.
"RespirCaps® and RespirActin® are also designed to help other chronic respiratory conditions such as allergies, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and reactive airway disease. Acute conditions which impair breathing such as colds, flu, and bronchitis can benefit from using 1 ½ to 2 times the long-term daily dose for a week or two, or until the illness clears. Athletes desiring better oxygenation and breathing during training or competition can use these products about 20 minutes before a workout or an event."
According to the doctor the medication should have stayed in her system for 3-4 weeks once she stopped taking it. It was at the 3 week mark that she started showing symptoms again. I was hoping it was just a cold but the tests proved otherwise. She takes QVar40 which is a pretty low dose and while on it she does well. I don't plan on taking her off of it for at least a year because the risk of another asthma attack just isn't worth it.