What to do with children with asthma

@misste78 (539)
United States
December 4, 2006 3:42pm CST
People I have a nine year old daughter that is asthmatic. We have yet to find a long term treatment plan that works for her. We are in the hospital for one week stays every spring. Can someone please let me know what works good for you or your children. We have tried, Serevent,Flovent,Singulair,Albuterol, and Advair(which does not work and has side effects that I am truly afraid of). Help and thanks in advance to all who respond.
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@reeseyj (906)
• United States
4 Dec 06
Well before my son started taking advair we were in the hospital all the time. Shortly after starting advair (1 year) his asthma has gone away he no longer needs meds. One of the meds you did not mention is azmacort, you might try that. There r certain foods that she should stay away from when she is having problems like bananas,chocolate,soda,candy and pasta. A lot of times strong hot coffee was the best medicine. the caffeine helps there lungs and the heat clears airways. Hope this helps.
@misste78 (539)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I want to thank you because I didn't know about the coffee thing. I also didn't know pasta was a trigger. God Bless.
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@kaspyv (1011)
• United States
5 Dec 06
I agree completely...I have asthma and so does my son and grandson...we all use the Advair and it is wonderful. There are lots of foods that can trigger an attack too, also dust mites in your home might be a problem ..they are hard to detect but a person with asthma can be affected when no one else is.
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@reeseyj (906)
• United States
7 Dec 06
your welcome
• United States
4 Dec 06
Take it from someone who has asthma, all medicines have side effects, you either learn to adjust your life due to the side effects or you learn to deal with the effects of your asthma, be assured if your daughter was diagnosed at 9 years of age she has a very good chance of not having it as an adult, my son was diagnosed when he was 5 years old and has not had an asthma episode since he was a teenager and he is now 26 years old, so there is hope ... hopefully you will be so fortunate.
@misste78 (539)
• United States
4 Dec 06
Thank you for your comment. Sorry I didn't add more detail. My daughter was diagnosed at 3 years old. I am aware of all the different side effects of asthma medications but what the doctors don't say about advair is that it can actually increase the severity of astma attacks and it is now supposed to carry a black label to warn of this side effect. I also have asthma and it was controlled for ten years now at 28 it has flared up again.
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@ljmc24 (413)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I know the meds my child is on has some side effects. Shortly after being on the nebulizer she bounces off the walls. Can't sit still and some days it drives me nuts, but we just find constructive things for her to do and eventually she settles down.
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• United States
9 Dec 06
I wouldnt reccomend Advair, I myself, was on it last year for about a month, while I was in Basic Training, and my asthma was 10 times worse at the end of that months time than it was when it first started and I was on nothing.
@XDWONX (64)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I totaly relate and feel for you.I have a 10 yr old daughter who suffers with asthma as well as seasonal allergies, so I know how scary this can be at times.I decided to ask my daughter what works best for her and she said "Cold air and (cold) water, she says anything cold can help you breath better with asthma."Her inhailer helps too.We hope this helps your daughter and god be with you always...xxxoooxxx
@misste78 (539)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I want to thank you and your daughter. My daughter has said that she breathes better in the cold. God Bless you.
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@ljmc24 (413)
• United States
4 Dec 06
My child who is 3 was diagnosed with this not but about 3 months ago. It has been a completely new learning experience for me. I have dealt with my own asthma personally and haven't had much trouble but dealing with a small childs is a whole different story. My child is personally on Singulair, Albuterol, and Pulmicort. We have an inhaler that is a form of albuterol also. She uses her nebulizer every 4 hours and takest he pulmicort in it twice a day. I am still learning about this one myself but she has progressively gotten a little better.
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@misste78 (539)
• United States
4 Dec 06
Sorry to hear about your child. Mine was also diagnosed at 3 years old. It's a long and hard journey but prayer and patience is the key. Pulmicort Repsules are great. My problem is that it is only for children like 8 months to 8 years then the doctor finds someting else for the child to take. Good Luck and I hope you and your child has better luck than my child and I.
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@ljmc24 (413)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I personally take pulmicort for mine. And I am way over 8 years old. They should let them still use it.
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@misste78 (539)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I guess then maybe what we need is to talk to a new doctor huh. Thanx
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• India
5 Dec 06
Hello Misste, It is sad that your 9 yr old daughter is asthmatic. There are lot of treatments are available, but you have not tried for this. I am an indian, I have seen so many asthmatic people/children becoming cure. You must, must contact at www.divyayoga.com at India. There is Swami Ramdevji. His treatment is based on "Pranayama" only with some aurvedic medicines. I am confident, your daughter will surely cure. Please, please & please contact them, they can guide you even in phone also. Is is as true as your daughter is asthmatic. Belive me, sir. I am not joking. It provides ultimate remedy. Please, please feel free to contact at www.divyayoga.com. 100% guarantee is available there with a few dollers expenses. So please don't be late.
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@arunk7319 (1282)
• India
5 Dec 06
Well said.
• United States
5 Dec 06
Perhaps you need to find your daughter's triggers and eliminate them as much as possible. If what is causing the asthma is still around, chances are even the best medication would not help. Have you had her tested to see what her triggers are? My son was diagnosed at age 2 and we had problems til the doctors found just the right combination for him, and it's a different combination every season. Right now he's only on singulair and over the counter claritin, but in the spring and fall he gets singulair, pulmicort, aquacort, and zyrtec. Always has albuterol inhaler on hand. The only times we have problems lately is when he's gained weight and the meds need to be adjusted accordingly. So, my suggestion is to get tested to see what the triggers are and eliminate the triggers, and make sure the meds are for her weight/size, and see if she needs an antihistamine for allergies.
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• United States
5 Dec 06
I want to add that my son will be 8 in a few weeks.
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@caribe (2465)
• United States
4 Dec 06
I use Pulmicort Turbohaler for maintenance med. I had coughing reactions to the propellant that most sprays have in them. I use Albuterol for flair ups. If I faithfully use the Pulmicort I don't have any emergencies. Have you taken her to a pulmonologist? My pulmonologist wouldn't give up on me until he found something that worked well. I think I was lucky to find such a concerned doctor.
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• United States
8 Dec 06
My son is 6 and is also asthmatic. He was in the hospital for about a month so I know what you are going through. In the hospital I got educated on asthma. The best things I found on managing attacks is find out what your child's triggers are ex. dust mites in carpet, roaches, changes in the weather, smog, pollution, exercise, and do what you can to eliminate them or keep her away from them also try to keep her on controlled medication (and use it as directed) such as the ones you mentioned and when she is showing symptoms of and asthma attack or complications then treat her with her rescue medicine like xoponex or albuterol. Develop and action plan: write down her triggers and medications and supply a copy to her school and baby sitters. Some doctors fail to educate you on asthma so they sometimes give you an rescue medicine w/o a controlled medicine so all you have is an inhaler and nothing else but this method has been working well for my son and of course prayer. We use Advair as a control medicine, he uses it 2x's a day and when he shows signs of an attack ex: coughing, dark circles around eyes, scratchy throat, or rapid breathing then we give him 2 puffs of xoponex inhaler every four hours for 2 days and still continue the Advair,if the symptoms worsen then we go to the hospital.The only side effect we have seen is a sore throat. We also use a spacer which helps the child inhale most of the medicine instead of it getting wasted in the the mouth. I have found a website that may help and they even have a downloadable action plan (free!!) it is http://www.noattacks.org/index.html I hope this has helped you but only your doctor can really tell you what is suitable for your child. I will keep you in my prayers. God bless you and you daughter.
@misste78 (539)
• United States
23 Dec 06
sorry it took so long to get back to your post. If you do look back Thank You so much.
@maneshkp (59)
• India
5 Dec 06
if ur daughter is suffering from asthma... u go consult a ayur veda.. its best.... there should be no side-effects...
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@arunk7319 (1282)
• India
5 Dec 06
Best treatment to do without any side effects.
• India
5 Dec 06
astma  - TheseLike all medications, asthma treatments  are usually mild and go away on their own.
HI I am a doctor. So i give u a advice about asthma. asthma attack is triggered by things in the environment. These triggers vary from person to person, but common ones include cold air; exercise; allergens (things that cause allergies) such as dust mites, mold, pollen, animal dander or cockroach debris; and some types of viral infections. Because each case of asthma is different, treatment needs to be tailored for each person. One general rule that does apply, though, is removing the things in your environment that you know are factors that make your asthma worse. When these measures are not enough, it may be time to try one of the many medications that are available to control symptoms. Asthma medications may be either inhaled or in pill form and are divided into two types-quick-relief and long-term control. Quick-relief medicines are used to control the immediate symptoms of an asthma attack. In contrast, long-term control medicines do not provide relief right away, but rather help to lessen the frequency and severity of attacks over time. often have side effects. TheseLike all medications, asthma treatments are usually mild and go away on their own.
@misste78 (539)
• United States
9 Dec 06
I want to thank you for taking time out to give me your input.
• United States
5 Dec 06
My daughter is almost 5 years old and at the beginning of Movember we were in the hospital for 5 days. They finally diagnosed her with asmtha. Tey gave us a nueblizer that has albuterol as well as a albuterol inhaler. Thye put her on Singuliar as well. So for in the past 30 days we have not had another attack. They also told us that we need to get rid of all the carpet in the house because it has allergens in it. IF you could not get rid of the carpet to get a vacuum that has a HEP filter. That is what we did because we could not afford to get rid of the carpet. They also told us to throw away all stuff animals because they can cause attacks. We threw away every stuffed animal in the house. They also told us to buy allergen approved air filters for our a/c unit. We found them at a air condition supply company for around 20 each. They also told us no pets which we did not have . Also you need buy allergen mattress covers for the bed that she sleeps in. We found these at Bed Bath and Beyond for her bed which was around 30.00 We do not want to be hospilized again so we took as many precautions that we could.
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@treblem (316)
• Philippines
5 Dec 06
i hope i can help a little advice. try to stop giving pork to your child. sumtyms we resort to medicines yet we forget to have a good eating habit. why don't u try my suggestion for a month then observe some difference. hope i have helped u a liittle. have a nice day!!
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• Italy
5 Dec 06
I use cortison
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• Austria
5 Dec 06
Let your daughter have enough sleep and always avoid fur. Seek professional advise from your doctor as asthma is dangerous.
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@meljessxena (2317)
• Australia
5 Dec 06
the only thing i know of people with asthma is the puffers and diet change my sister was told.
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@Tisifone (639)
• Italy
5 Dec 06
Asthma is more common than one may think. I read that often it is possible to avoid to take medicines with side effects by using meditation (well, this doesn't apply to children, I think...) or placebos.
@misste78 (539)
• United States
23 Dec 06
wow!
• United States
19 Dec 06
I know three people who had asthma so bad they had to take breathing treatments, that went to a chiropractor here, who helped them tremendously. After a series of adjustments, they no longer suffer from asthmatic symptoms. It might be worth looking into.
• United States
9 Dec 06
Do you have the platic mini blinds in your home? My son & I both suffer from asthma and his pediatrician said that mini blinds cause alot of the problems, we are both on singulair and albuterol, but we had to get rid of the mini-blinds because of the dust factor, and I have to dust and febreeze our house with the allergin reducer febrezze 2 -3 times a week. Good Luck I hope you find something that works, I know how scary it can be, especially with a child.
@Cortney (3982)
• United States
8 Dec 06
I have the same problem with my daughter who has the same problems and so do I. I have dealt with the same thing with my daughter since she was 1 yrs old... I have been that way since the same age. I wish they would really come up with something that worked right.
• India
7 Dec 06
Plz keep in one point above all, that is, for every individual person suffering from asthma or any other long standing disease, there is no ONE MEDICINE OR SOME GROUP OF MEDICINES which can be told off on net or phone. Because genuine remedy can be found out only by personel consultation, checkups at doctors clinic, after taking full back history of the patient. so never ask what can be given to any patient sufferring from such & such complaint. U must have patient examined at clinic of some HOMOEOPATHIC DOCTOR then he will find the solution on long/ short term basis for your child suffering from ASTHMA. Never even try any medicine which people suggest u on net, as per their experience, because there experience is best for their case only not fitting any other. I will be happy to give u any more suggestions u ask for. For the time being, believe me UR CHILD WILL GET TOTALLY CURED ONLY & ONLY BY HOMOEOPATHIC MEDICINES, not with allopathic t/t which only relieve ur chid for some time. Dr. Harbans dr_harbans@yahoo.com