R.R. asks from Pensacola, FL on March 08, 2007
Is It Asthma?
My 1 year old son has had a cough since the second week in January. He'll wake up in the middle of the night just hacking and chocking. He has a few fits during the day as well but it's really a night time thing. I've tried every kind of medicine there is and nothing seems to work. His ped. wants to start him on Asthma meds. to see if they help. Does this sound familiar to anyone? Does my son have asthma? I hate to label him with such a restricting illness.
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Thanks to everyone for the responses, I truely appreciate the quick responses. Just hearing that other mothers are having the same issuses and their children are okay make me feel alot less terrified. It's really scary when he's sick, as I'm sure all of you know.
A.L. answers from Tampa on March 08, 2007
It is hard to say from what you said and not being able to see and listen to your son. Is he weezing? Does he sound like he needs to cough when he is having his fits? My son has asthma, has had it almost since day 1 (he will be 3 in June). I feel the illness is more restricting to us as parents than to our children. My son has pretty serious asthma sometimes enough to hospitalize him but you would never klnow by the way he acts. Kids are strong and are not held down by much. Let your doctor start him on some breathing treatments and meds and hopefully you will know 1 way or the other.
D.D. answers from Tallahassee on March 09, 2007
there is a possibilty that he could just have allergies. my son was the same way and they put on steriods, cough meds, name it and it was given. Fianlly they put him on Singulair and occassionaly breathing treatments which slowed it down. but during the cold/flu season i can still notice that he'll cough in the middle of the night. The Dr keeps telling me that he'll grow out of it. We'll see. Good luck to you.
M.G. answers from Jacksonville on March 09, 2007
R. - I would not just assume it is asthma. I have a 13 month old son and we have been going through the same thing. I did get an inhaler for him but that is only to help open his airway - to be used on an as needed basis. The season is really bad this year and I think a lot of babies are dealing with this. We just started allergy meds to see if that helps too.
M.S. answers from Tampa on March 09, 2007
Yes. I have struggled with this myself. Dr wanted my daughter on all kinds of preventative meds. Right now, she's on albuterol with the nebulizer only when her asthma (the cough) acts up. If it doesn't go away after two to three days I switch to Pulmicort through the neb as well. That usually does the trick. So far, no maintenance drugs for us. I am glad I did not put her on any of the drugs my dr suggested. I actually switched peds as well, because I didn't think one round of coughing warranted drugs every day. Let me know if you have any more questions.
M.F. answers from Jacksonville on March 08, 2007
My son was diagnosed with asthma at 3 months old. That was scary. He had to have brething treatments at home for the first couple years of his life and it always flared up during weather changes. He is now 11 and does not need an inhaler or meds at all. He has grown out of it... and many kids do. If it helps him, I would go for it.
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S.B. answers from Tampa on March 09, 2007
The problem you are describing here sounds very similar to the problem that my son has. He has been diagnosed as having cough variant asthma. It is almost always a problem for him when he is laying down or asleep. It does not really seem to affect him very much during the day when he is in an upright position. And actually ever since we've started to give him Singulair I very rarely have to give him a breathing treatment. So my advice for you is to not worry so much about the "label" of asthma. As long as my son takes his Singulair nightly, then there are no restrictions on his physical activity. He does not use an inhaler or anything like that. You would never know by looking at him that he even does have asthma. Good luck to you and your son. And by all means, at least give the asthma meds a shot. I know that I am so much more relaxed now that I do not have to listen to my baby son coughing his head off.
G.C. answers from Tampa on March 08, 2007
I am going through the exact same thing as you. My two and a half year old daughter coughed terribly at night,,,sould barely get a good night sleep. I took her to the pedi and they have given her a nebulizer to inhale 3 X a day. With our work schedule we can ojnly do 2 X a day but she has been cough free since (about two weeks), The pedi says that it is asthma but a very mild case. Maybe this is the same with your son. She is able to do everything any other child her age can do...since it is a very mild case...hope this helps.
K.F. answers from Panama City on March 13, 2007
My son who is eight now has the same thing, mainly at night. It's actually allergies. Hope thats all it is for you K.