Usage of Singulair on a 12 Months Old

Updated on September 27, 2006
A.O. asks from Belleville, NJ
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Last weekend my one year old baby had to be taken to the hospital because he was having trouble breathing and was wheezing/dry coughing. He had to stay overnite in the hospital, was given respiratory treatments with Zopenex and an oral stereoid (Oralpred). Today I had to take him to the Pediatrician for follow-up and he's prescribing Singulair to be used for a few weeks, maybe even through the winter season to prevent another episode. My son was diagnosed with RSV when he was 3-months old last December, but have not had any other asthma-like episodes since then just regular colds (maybe two max since then).

Does anybody has experience with Singulair? Should I really try this with a 12-months baby that really has not been diagnosed with Asthma/allergies? I'm worried about long term medicine for such a young baby, but I'm also worried about steroids.

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answers from Scranton on

Hi My daughter was diagnosed with asthma when she was 2 months old. She had been on singulair for a few years now and never had any problems. What problems she did go through was because of the steriods. Especially prednisone. This medication she was one probably every other month for 2 yrs straight. It messed up her eyesight she now wears glasses. She had the worst mood swings in the world for a two year old and she was almost 60 pounds at 18 months old. She is now almost 9 and 65 pounds. What a difference being off the steriods, but the singular was great. Please no steriods!!

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answers from Scranton on

hi my son had only slight allergies and asthma condition when he was 11mths old they tried alot of different medications before they put him on singulair he has since been on other meds and this works the best for him. he also now is on inhalers. good luck



answers from Philadelphia on

My oldest child started on Singulair at 3 years old and my middle child started at 15 months. It has helped both of them. I only use it on them from Labor Day to Memorial day. After several years of charting their breathing on a calendar, I saw a pattern of cold-weather and change of season breathing problems-asthma and pnuemonia. That schedule works for my kids. You may want to consider keeping track of your son's breathing on a daily basis. Things to worth noting on the calendar are: weather, foods eaten, exposure to animals, daily activities, etc.. It is also a good way figuring out what triggers his breathing problems.

Also, because of his age and already having RSV, you might want to talk to your ped about preventative medication for RSV. My oldest was a preemie and received monthly shots of Singagis from October through April for her first two years.

Good Luck.



answers from Buffalo on

Hi I have twins that are now three......they have been taking singulair for about a little over a year and it does wonders.... my girls were always chronicly sick and were diagnosed with asthma......we had them on xopenex four times a day and pulmacort two times a day...taking zyrtec and everything under the sun....after they started taking the singulair regularly we cut back on the zyrtec to an as needed basis....we dont use xopenex either thats just as needed and we only do pulmacort once a day......I talked to a pulmonologist at strong memorial and he said some of the kids have been on the meds that are steroids for over 10 years and they grew and are fine...he said the benefit of taking them outweighs the risk......whether hes right I dont know. I guess you have to trust your instincts and what you feel is best for your child. But Ive noticed a dramatic increas in my childrens health with the singulair! good luck



answers from Harrisburg on

Just had the same issue, and I did not go with singulair....I went with Childrens claritan...My daughter is a year old, and I halfed the dosage for a two yrs old, and she is doing great. I give her 1ML which is equal to 1/2 tsp every 24hrs....I think it is working very well.....



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answers from Washington DC on

My daughter has taken singular, it works really well for her. Even if your child hasn't been diagnosed with asthma/alergies, it can be a preventative messure. It is not only for children diagnosed with asthma/alergies, though my daughter has both. I wouldn't worry about the age either. If the doctor prescribed it an you feel confident in him/her then give it to your child.



answers from Philadelphia on

My 5 year old has been taking Singulair (seasonally) for about three years now... it works wonders! He starts out with a runny nose then gets a horrible cough within a day or so... we start the Singulair and within about two days the cough is pretty much gone, and the runny nose is subsiding! He takes it from about mid-Sept to about November (at most), then again in the early spring for about 6 - 9 weeks, then we're done with it for a few months. My son had the croup at 7 months old and was put on a nebulizer three - four times a day during the same periods of time when he is now taking the Singulair. He takes a chewable version of the Singulair now - which is much easier than the liquid - and I get no fighting or arguing about taking it like I had with the neb. He knows that it helps him and realizes that it's only for a short period of time (relatively speaking). I wouldn't be concerned about any long term necessity - you're probably dealing with the same thing that many other parents are dealing with, which is "seasonal allergies" - and being an allergy sufferer yourself (I am also) you know that this is one of the worst times of the year (and the spring)! My recommendation is the relax and let the medication do it's job and enjoy the "healthy" results - the side effects of Singulair are minimal and in my opinion FAR outweigh any negative effects (of which we have experienced none of by the way).



answers from Harrisburg on

My middle son has was diagnosed with Asthma at the age of 13 months. He was put on singular and has been off and on it since. The only complaint I have with it is i find he is real cranky on it.



answers from Allentown on

My son was 11 months old when they put him on Singulair and Albuteral. He hasnt needed to take them for a few months now, but he was never diagnosed with asthma either. Right now they are unsure what is causing his allery-breathing problems. But for as far as I know I have not had any problems with that medication.

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