Both of my girls have asthma and there is a history on my husband's side of the family. My youngest had respiratory symptoms since birth. She was born with laryngomalacia and things went downhill from there. I was told by the Pulmonologist that kiddos that have respiratory problems early on tend to outgrow those issues as their airways grow. I expected that to be the case with Madison so we'll see. She's only 5.
Alana didn't have any respiratory problems when she was little. Rarely even had a sniffle. Then we made the unfortunate decision to move into an older home that we didn't know was infested with mold. We lived there for 6 months before realizing this. During that time Alana started developing allergies and was eventually diagnosed with asthma. I truly believe the mold exposure triggered something in her body and now she's left with a chronic condition that she isn't expected to "grow out of."
I think each case is different. I think asthma is overdiagnosed by doctors that aren't experts and I think parents tend to assume their child has asthma just because they were prescribed an inhaler. Asthma should only be diagnosed through PFTs and a thorough medical history.
Oh, and I just wanted to mention that we have a peak flow meter for my girls. It really helps to tell the difference between a flare-up and a common cold and it gives us an idea of how well the medication is working.
ETA: We're huge on flu shots and vaccines in my house too. My DH has asthma too which is irritated by illness, and also dust and strong chemicals and scents, so I also only use unscented laundry detergent, don't burn candles, don't wear perfume, et cetera.
Last edited by Alissa_Sal; 11-14-2012 at 10:10 PM.