My daughter has had a chronic nighttime cough since age 18months. (she is now 14 years). Was dx with asthma by an anesthesiologist (sp) at 2 1/2 years old. The woman came out of my daughters ear surgery with sweat running down her face and murder in her eyes. Ripped me up for not telling her the child had asthma, unfortunately, my dr. had never even mentioned that.
Needless to say we switched drs. shortly after that. The pediatrition I took her to said it was allergy related and she was treated in that way only until she was 1o or 11. With a couple of episodes where she required a nebulizer and oral steroids.
The same dr. prescribed an albuterol inhaler at around 10 but she is now requiring this 4 or 5 times a day. She can't ride her bike. Chase her little sister or even walk up the stairs without wheezing. When I went to refill the inhaler last I was told he is no longer sure she has asthma. (My ped. is nearly 80 years old) but prescribed flovent anyway. Told me to have her use it for 2 weeks only. When I called him at the end of two weeks and informed him of her improvement, he said to discontinue.
We are now back at square 1. Using only the albuterol inhaler, and zyrtec. She is very small for her age. Probably 4' 9" and has been seen in the endocrine clinic at our local childrens hospital. (All normal) Granted my family is small but I've been told constant use of this inhaler can affect her growth. I have made an appt. with a new Dr. for the first week of march. What should I be asking this new dr. and is there a med that is effective in children/teens that does not affect growth? I'm at my wits end with this.
Thanks for reading my little novel if you got this far. ;)
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