R.P. asks from Dewitt, MI on April 01, 2008
Allergies and Asthma Following RSV
I have a 9 month old son who is starting a battle with Asthma. He caught RSV this past winter from another baby at daycare and has since been on breathing treatments. (Meanwhile the other little boy is perfectly over RSV with no complications, grrrr!) More recently he has been tested for allergies because his wheezing is still not gone. My Ped says he is "probably going to be an Asthma kid".....and it's all because of the RSV!!! Has anyone had a baby this young become Asthmatic? I really pray he outgrows it, this kid was born to be an athlete and I really don't want something to get in his way if he really loves sports. Not to mention Asthma attacks can be really SCARY!!
K.I. answers from Grand Rapids on April 06, 2008
B. answers from Detroit on April 02, 2008
My little guy developed 'cold induced ashtma' following pneumonia (at 6 months of age). We did the albuterol breathing treatments, the oral steroids, flowvent inhaler, etc. Now, at age 5, we still use the flovent inhaler and signulair daily - but we only need to use the albuterol when he has his asthma cough (i.e when he's sick). My son appears to be outgroing this - just as the doctor predicted.
Don't fret - since he is so young, it's quite possible that he'll outgrow this. Also, I'd recommend you see an asthma / allergy specialist for his breathing problems. If nothing else, it will confirm your ped Dr. treatments. We use Dr. Horwitz, Song et al. - out of Providence (but they have several locations including Novi, Canton and Ann Arbor). Their Novi phone is ###-###-####. Good luck.
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B.S. answers from Grand Rapids on April 01, 2008
Have you thought about holistic/functional health care with your son? I bring my 7 1/2 mo old to a functional Dr.- He gets adjusted and I know the Dr. has talked about Asthma and deals alot with it with much success. We brought him there at 6wks old due to reflux and have been incredibly happy with the results. He is very healthy. The Dr. will not use drugs and such like a conventional Dr. would- much better in my opinion. If you would like his name let me know. I am new to this Mamasource thing so I am not sure how it all works yet.
C.B. answers from Detroit on April 02, 2008
This sounds like my life. My oldest daughter, now 6, got RSV at 4 months. After several hospital stays she was diagnosed asthmatic. She was on pulmicort daily when she was healthy and two times a day when she had a cold. On top of that she had albuterol treatments and if things got bad she was on oral steroids. Luckily we didn't do that much unless she was in the hospital. She also went on Singulair when she was old enough to chew. Now don't get me wrong, she didn't sit inside on the couch because she was so frail but she is one of the most active kids I know. Of all her friends she has so much energy and they would never believe me when I said she was having trouble breathing because of the things would still want to do. We were in the hospital every year since 4 months at least once because her oxygen levels were so low. When she turned 5 though something happened and she has not had a problem since. She still does the singular but that is all. My youngest also was diagnosed with asthma but the treatments of albuterol work for her so she hasn't had any hospital stays. Thank God.
Do you see an allergist or pulminologist? Both of my daughters see one and they are amazing. They go in for check ups every 6 months and the doctors call you back whenever there is a problem so you don't have to go to the hospital.
It is hard to go through. I think I have relaxed about it because I feel like I know how to handle the situations now and have a great team of doctors that are there to help me and know my children. Both of my girls are super active and I am sure your son will be too.
Hope this encourages or helps you.
B.B. answers from Detroit on April 02, 2008
I have asthma, and was diagnosed with it at the age of 2. I played basketball, and ran varsity track in highschool. If you haven't already, you really should take your son to see an allergy and asthma specialist. They are up on all the last medications, and treatments. My doctor (a specialist in asthma and allergies) has been able to keep my asthma under control far better than any other doctor. It is important that you know and learn what your sons triggers are (smoke, grass, milk, etc.), and the seasons that will effect him the most (Spring). It bothers me that your pediatrician referred to him as an "asthma kid" that is really ignorant as far as I'm concerned. Just from that comment alone, I would say see a specialist. If your son was meant to be an athlete, he'll still be one. There are plenty of famous athletes that have asthma.
T.B. answers from Detroit on April 02, 2008
I am so sorry to hear about your situation. Both of my kids have had asthma potential since they were born. They both stayed in the hospital with lung problems for extra days due to complications at birth which pre-disposed them to nebulizers, etc. you are discussing.
In addition, we, too, have had a round of RSV in the house, when my daughter was just 3 months old. We had two kids 2 yo and 3month old down for 2 weeks because of breathing treatments and problems.
I am happy to report, 3 years later, that they have almost no problems. The dr. would still like my son to be asthmatic and prescribes allergy medicine for him on occasion and he does need a breathing treatment more quickly than my daughter but we are through it and they are not asthmatic or allergic.
I just wanted you to know that not all RSV turns out that bad and the advice from the other moms is encouraging and right on when they say to deal with each child individually. You just never know.
I wish you the best of luck and I will say prayers that you all make it through ok. Being asthmatic is not the worst thing that could happen, right? Best wishes.
S.R. answers from Detroit on April 02, 2008
My son had RSV and bronchiolitis when he was 10 weeks old. At the time our doctor told us this would put him at higher risk for developing asthma. That said, just putting someone in a "higher risk" category is pretty meaningless. Did his risk go up from a 1% chance to a 10% chance, for example, or does this mean he's got a 75% chance? My husband and I both have environmental allergies and mild asthma related to those allergies so the odds were never in my son's favor to begin with. He is 4 now and does not have any ongoing issues, but he has had to undergo breathing treatments in the past on 2 or 3 occasions when he's gotten an upper respiratory infection. I'd suggest you meet with a pediatric allergist to discuss your child's condition and what you can do to help keep him as healthy as possible.
R.A. answers from Detroit on April 02, 2008
Hi R., I think it would be a good idea for you to take your son to an asthma and allergy specialist. I have had asthma and allergies since I was very small, around age 1, and was a very active and sporty kid. I would suggest Ilea Magdea and James Fordyce on Outer Drive in Dearborn. There are several other doctors in the practice and they are all very good. Good Luck
J.M. answers from Lansing on April 02, 2008
A similar thing happened to my third child. He is now 9 and is not asthmatic, but has some slight allergies. I had an "old school" pediatrician that simply said I needed to build his immunities. Take him camping, let him play in the dirt and outside. He would come in with swollen eyes and a runny nose beyond belief. Our bodies need to build up immunities. There are some things we can't fight off and Claritin works for that, but overall he doesn't get sick and my athlete doesn't need an inhaler. Check with your doctor, but exposure isn't always bad.