My oldest daughter was dx'd with asthma when she was 6 weeks old. I had her treated at the Pulmonary Clinic at Boston Children's Hospital. The meds your little one is one seem fine to me for that age, but as stated, if you're uncomfortable ask the doctor or get another opinion.
*hugs* to your son
Sorry to hear that your little ones are having a rough time. The meds you mentioned are definitely needed to control the exacerbations. The meds are bronchodilators, corticosteroids, and anti-histamines. The bronchodilators dilate the airways to make breathing easier, the corticosteroids work to decrease the inflammation in the airways, and the antihistamines are used to control any allergies. Please try to keep the little ones away from all fireplaces, lg candles, etc., including food cooked w/charcoal (such as charbroil grilled at fastfood restaurants).
Even if the allergy tests show no triggers, barometric pressure changes affect asthma pts. hope your littles are better soon.
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Many children are diagnosed w/reactive airway disease because they are too young to give a difinitive diagnosis of asthma. The symptoms are many times the same, so the symptoms are treated. Reactive airway disease can cause atelectasis in the lobes of the lungs ... in other words, she is not taking deep enough breaths to keep the alveoli open. The alveioli look like tiny clusters of grapes & this is where the oxygen exchange in the lungs take place. You can help her by purchasing the little party blowers ... the ones the children blow & the toy goes in & out. By simply playing w/this party favor, she is in reality exercising her lungs. Don't be surprised that she starts coughing a lot. This is a good sign ... it shows that there are secretions in her lungs that she needs to cough & expel. I have had nothing but success w/children using this party favor, in fact, I have to keep plenty on hand as they play so much with them, they wear them out and ask for more! This is also the way I teach young children the technique of pursed-lip breathing to rid the lungs of trapped air which can cause chest pressure & shortness of breath. Sometimes the children call me "The Play Lady" as they don't see their treatments as "medicine". Try this & let me know. Have her to blow out & hold it out to the count of 3 ... older children I have them count to 5 & up. If she starts coughing a lot up, you are on the way to recovery!
I am sorry you are having problems with your little girl. My 21 month old has had wheezing from 2 months on but when she is healthy it is well controlled with pulmicort and singulair. Her problems come during cold and flu season. Most of the time she ends up on steroids when she has a cold because her breathing gets so bad. After three lung infections this winter she had a CT which came back clear. The pulminologist had her do the sweat test and that too came back normal. Out of all the tests she has had from x-rays to swallow studies to allergy testing, the sweat test was the easiest for her. It is important to have your child well hydrated so they can collect enough sweat. Then they just put a small battery looking thing on each arm that sends small pulses into the skin to stimulate sweat and collect it with a special pad. Have your daughter wear a long sleeve shirt so you can hide the testing area while you wait. Good luck with everything. I know how hard it is!