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asthma

Postby kdreher » Thu Jul 23, 2009 08:19 am

I was just wondering if anyone here has experience with asthma and infants. Not sure if this is the direction we are headed in but Michael just got over having double ear infection and bronchitis. He was on a nebulizer for a week and it helped a lot. This past Monday he was given a clean bill of health but last night and this morning started with a cough again - little "wet" sounding. The pedi had said he was hoping he just had a viral infection but IF the coughing starts again we may have to look at asthma. I read that it can be common in low birth weight babies. Just curious if at 8 months others have seen it this early.
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Re : asthma

Postby jenn » Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:38 am

Hi Kristine,
My former preemie had a VERY difficult time with airway issues as well. From what I understand it is rather uncommon for an infant under the age of 2 to be DX with asthma. Not to say it doesn't happen, but I think they try to avoid the labeling thing.
My daughter Jaidyn was DX at 2 with mild asthma, but to be honest with you, it was obvious from a younger age. At the time she was DX , they did mention that her prematurity/steroid lung development were big players in her condition. Not to say it couldn't have happened anyways I'm sure.
I can understand and relate to your frustrations with your peanut not getting better and the consent care and attention that comes with it. I remember spending many nights sleepless.*uhg*

My recommendation would be to see a specialist. Let them say yay or nay or even throw a different idea into the mix like an environmental factor (dust, mold, pets, pollen).

I send my best, and I'll be looking forward to any future updates on Michael.
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Re : asthma

Postby missgamecock » Thu Jul 23, 2009 10:47 pm

Kirsten was diagnosed with severe asthma at 14 mos old. She was sick from the time she was 2 weeks old and we spent so much time in and out of the docs. Sara was diagnosed with mild asthma at 6 mos old. Cate was diagnosed with severe asthma at 4 mos old and she also has the additional pleasure of having very large adenoids which is compromising her airway even more. Cate has been on a nebulizer since she was 2 weeks old. First with albuterol and then pulmicort. She takes pulmicort twice a day and albuterol 3 times a day. Kirsten was diagnosed by her ped and verified by her asthma specialist who was the director of asthma and allergy at the local childrens. Sara was diagnosed by her ped who has an asthma and allergy sub specialty and board certification. Cate was diagnosed by the family practice dr and confirmed by the director of asthma and allergy and his fellow of the local children's hospital. So yes, infants under the age of 2 can be diagnosed with asthma. This is done after everything else has been ruled out. In my girls case, everything else had been ruled out. There is the leading thoughts of children can't be diagnosed before age 2. However, as the first specialist we saw said, if it quacks like a duck, walks like a duck and looks like a duck, darn it, it's a duck. Asthma is a disease ruling everything else out. Cate and Kirsten because they have been severe had blood tests, xrays, cystic fibrosis tests, allergen tests, and other tests. Those tests ruled out the big stuff. Except Cate who has a narrowed airway. However, the fellow said that explained why she turned blue, not why she was wheezing in the chest. If it is a structural abnormality, nebulizer meds will not help. If it is asthma, nebulizer meds help. I knew Kirsten and Cate had asthma at a very early age. It was obvious.

Also because Cate was 4 weeks early, I had to pull the amnio reports from my ob so that the specialist could rule her lungs were mature when she was born. She was bagged when she was born because the cord was around her neck twice.

The specialist we had with Kirsten said prematurity definitely is a factor. How can I argue with that when I have had three early babies (not as early as Michael though) and all three have asthma issues?

I totally understand. It's the reason I am still sleeping on the couch with the bassinet next to my ear so I can hear her. Although, we are going to move her to the crib this weekend so I can go back to sleeping in MY bed again. I too have spent many many many nights not sleeping listen to my babies breathe.
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Re : asthma

Postby kdreher » Fri Jul 24, 2009 12:09 am

Thanks ladies for the reply.
I am also thinking IF he gets to coughing again to see the ENT as a few others have mentioned their non-preemie child having issues with adenoids and poor ear drainage from and early age and having the adenoid removed (around 2) and tubes helped. So far so good..just getting all my info in case we need to see the ENT again or a pulmonologist.
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