Hello, I'm new here. My youngest son (6 1/2 years old) was diagnosed with asthma when he was barely two years old. I have lost count of the number of times he's had bronchititis. I was shocked when his pediatrician showed me his chart showing he had had pneumonia 5 times in less than 4 years. That is in addition to the 2 times before we started seeing his current doctor (the last 4 years).
Garon is so used to using his nebulizer that he can set it up completely except for the electrical. He uses it every 4 hours when we are in the Yellow Zone. He's on Singulair and Advair 250/50 every day. Right now, he is also on Flovent & Albuterol (every 8hrs) in the Yellow Zone. He finished his Prednisone and Zithromax (for traechial bronchitis) this morning and finished the Omnicef for the latest hospitalization for pneumonia this past Monday.
He was hospitalized in April for pneumonia. Less than a week after he got out of the hospital, he had an allergic reaction to penicillin. Sooo, we have a limited choice of antibiotics. Since April, he's had a Sinus CT scan, arm allergy testing, CF test, broad spectrum of blood work to check for immunology diseases, more chest x-rays, Cardioligist (innocent heart murmur), and probably more stuff I can't remember. His asthma specialist is reviewing where we need to go from here. His pedi dr is also referring us to an Infectios Disease Specialist to try and figure out why he keeps getting sick. Hmmm, I forgot to mention the approximately 25 cases of croup he has had, numerouse colds, 4 cases of strep throat and 1 case of scarlet fever he had last year, and the 1 case of strep he has had already since school started in August.
When we saw his pedi dr on Mon, I told him that we will just get Garon over this latest bout and I could almost guarantee that he would have problems this week. Our forecast is calling for wqinter weather with temps in the lower 30's tonight and for the next week.
Ok, now that I have vented all that let me suggest doing as much research as you can. I no way know everything there is to know. It helps (and sometimes scares) me when I do research on a particular illness. We have 3 kids. Garon with his asthma, Gareth who has ADHD/Bi-Polar & asthma, and Randi (girl) who has allergies and uses Clarinex.