Seasonal asthma - my 2,5 years old son

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Dunia77
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   Posted 9/28/2011 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello everybody on this "side" of our great board! "This" side, as I'm active member of Ulcerative Colitis forum. And now I'm looking for some help and information from you.

My son is almost 2 and a half. Since his birth he had those recuring asthma-like symptoms usually late fall and early winter. The symptoms, little of wheezing, dry coughing and congestion, never bothered him too much. He is regular two years old, just maybe bigger than most of his peers. He is happy, active, running-like-crazy boy. But those symptoms made us seeing his pediatrician quite regularly, esp during the fall-winter season, whenever I thought that the coughing last too long.

Today his doctor said that she would diagnose him with seasonal asthma. Yah? As far as I've already read about it, anything and everything can be the trigger. And since we live in Texas, I would put my money on pollen, so it is something like allergy but not quite. For now she put him o Singulair, just to see how it works, as his symptoms aren't regular, it's come-and-go basis. So we will see if it works for the coughing and sporadically wheezing. But she suggested as well, as I should think about the inhalations for my son. And when I heard prednisone, I almost heard my brain shut down :-) Yeah, I was on this thing for a couple of months, just recently and just thinking about having my baby on it - hell, no. But I was told, that the inhalations are made from very very small amount of the drug and they are safe. Is it right? Any advice on that? Is it really better, to be aggressive with asthma treatment when kid is young than later - on?
Thanks for any help
UC diagnosed 2005
Without major flare ups until April 2011 (over two years without ANY meds)
Currently: Lialda 3 tabs/day
OTC: Multivitamin (Max-Hair), Primadophilus Reuteri, fish oil, biotin 5000mcg daily

couchtater
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   Posted 9/28/2011 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
I'd save the steroids for severe attacks.
Try singular first. If it doesn't work there is the albuterol inhaler.
Joy

Red_34
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   Posted 9/29/2011 6:30 AM (GMT -6)   
My son was always horribly sick when he was younger. I think he was about your sons age when he got diagnosed with seasonal asthma. He had severe allergies so we controlled his allergies with otc allergy meds, than later prescription ones. He than developed the seasonal asthma and was placed on an inhaler with a spacer. To be honest? I don't think it did much good because it can be very tricky to get a 3 year old to breath in the med right, even with a spacer. When he got older and understood what an inhaler was, he got more proficient.

Later in his teen years, his seasonal asthma turned into the cough variant asthma. He never had a full out asthma attack, but he would cough all the time. Eventually he either outgrew it or it got better because he doesn't cough hardly at all now. He's 20 now btw.
SHERRY
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Red_34
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   Posted 9/29/2011 6:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Oh and the steroid stunted his growth a bit. He's only 5'10 1/2". But what can you do, have them cough and not breath or worry about stunted growth??? It's a tough decision to make about steroids. But corticosteroids are a bit safer than oral prednisone.
SHERRY
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Dunia77
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   Posted 9/29/2011 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks a lot!
My son doesn't have any allergies, as far as we know so far. Maybe a little rash, bumps from eating strawberries. And that's it. For any other allergy test, he is way too young to deliver any reliable results - as of testing him for possible triggers. Moreover, from my observations, it looks like he has those asthma-like symptoms esp when he is teething. Right now, his last two molars are cutting through so it's another thing I would like to wait for it to be over with before I make any crucial decision.
For now, we have him on Singulair and wait a bit, see what happens this fall-winter season.
But thanks a lot for your help.

@Red_34
To be honest, having my son running around like 'energizer bunny' all day long, I can't even imagine what it'd take to have him take those inhalations... :-) He likes the chewable Singulair because it tastes good and it looks like TIC TAC candy :-D
UC diagnosed 2005
Without major flare ups until April 2011 (over two years without ANY meds)
Currently: Lialda 3 tabs/day
OTC: Multivitamin (Max-Hair), Primadophilus Reuteri, fish oil, biotin 5000mcg daily

Red_34
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   Posted 9/30/2011 7:02 AM (GMT -6)   
Lol, yes he definitely would zip around the house like a chimpmunk on caffeine if he was to take steroids! I didn't know they had chewable Singulair, but makes sense. I'm a bit out of the loop with pediatric meds since my son is 20 and my daughter is 16. Back when my son needed asthma/allergy meds, I am not even sure they had Singulair.

Btw, I had my son allergy tested when he was 2. They used a very small fine needle under the skin and inject allergens. He barely felt it. I forgot what that test is called. I found out that he was severely allergic to cats, dogs, dust, dust mites, cockroaches and a whole slew of molds, mildew, pollen, weeds and trees. No wonder he was miserable. I'm just thankful he outgrew his allergies.

I don't know what they say now, but docs back then used to insist that allergies didn't cause illnesses. I say baloney! My son was constantly getting sick from his allergies and I can not tell you how many times I had to take him to the ER with high fevers that wouldn't break.
SHERRY
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~Left sided Uc-'92**Unable to tolerate ALL mesalamines**
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Dunia77
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   Posted 10/12/2011 5:26 PM (GMT -6)   
He was on Singulair for week and developed a diarrhea. Nothing severe. His usual twice a day but quite watery. And no other symptoms at all. I took him off the pills and he got better after 6 days. Now he's ok. On the other hand, some stomach bug is going around here, kids are either throwing up for a week, or having the problems from the other end.
His pediatrician said today, that it probably was the virus, as in her practice she hasn't got a lot of cases with D while on singulair. And we put him back on singulair, and have to watch him

Anybody on Singulair having similar issues? Could it be the side effect anyway?
UC diagnosed 2005
Without major flare ups until April 2011 (over two years without ANY meds)
Currently: Lialda 3 tabs/day
OTC: Multivitamin (Max-Hair), Primadophilus Reuteri, fish oil, biotin 5000mcg daily

allergichem
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   Posted 1/1/2012 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
My son is two and a half and he developed allergies seasonal and know what you are going through. I took him to doctors and an allergist. He had a allergy test and found that he was allergic to everything underneath the sun! I hated giving him steroids, nose sprays and singular meds. Luckily not food but chemicals found in almost everything people use in their homes. I knew that everything I was using was triggering all of this. I was going insane for months. Then I met this woman that shop online for all of her every day stuff, laundry detergent, cleaners, lotions, dental everything you name it. I quickly switched my stores and started shopping for at this online store. My sons allergies and asthma and skin rash disappeard within days. He has no longer has any problems. This company specializes in helping people with allergies and created for people to use safer products and healthier living environments. I am more than happy to give you some information on this.
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