asthma on babies
February 7, 2007 10:54am CST
my baby was diagnosed of asthma when he was 4 months old. he would always have colds and cough. and sometimes i can see that he gets tired easily. i know that having your child having asthma is not an easy thing to deal with. medicines, doctor check ups and comsultations, allergies and solds are the most common things that worries me. how can i positively deal with this? do you know any support group on this? thanks!
20 Feb 07
Don't fret. Asthmatic kids can still lead normal lives. I did. I was born with it, it disappeared when I was 4, then came back ten years after. I'm now 31 and I lead a normal life. My son who is 1 has been recently diagnosed with allergies, so I won't be surprised if he inherited my asthma as well. You have to know your child's triggers so you can control his environment. Your son's doctor can help you with this. Find a good pulmonologist and allergologist to help you. P.S. My friend has a 10 month old son who has asthma problems from birth---her son has fallen into the routine of daily nebulizations and taking medicines. She is raising her son as if asthma is normal. It will, after all be a part of his life.She is teaching him that he can control his asthma, not the other way around. The less you make it a negative thing, the better for your son.
9 Feb 07
Fortunately at 4 mos, your baby can still outgrow his asthma..I remember my eldest daughter (now 13 y/o) to be so prone of cough and cold during her 1st year, I have even invested on a very expensive nebulizer but I as only able to use it in less than a year. What I did was really to point out things in the house that can trigger her to cough, found out that my Dad ( we we're still living at my parent's house then) is smoking inside the house, I was told by her pedia that even if he smokes without the baby around, the smoke will take time to leave the house so when he stopped, the asthma or allergy did not come back anymore. You also have to check for certain things around the house that cn cause cough and cold, DUST is the primary "suspect, check out for carpets, stuffed toys, dusty curtains and mantels...you should regularly replace and clean..stuffed toys are definitely a no-no...don't worry much, just maintain all this and in no time, the asthma wull go away..GOOD LUCK!!!
• United States
7 Feb 07
This really isn't as hard as you think it is. It is actually easier to find out this early in the child's life. This way they grow up with it and learn to control it and accept it. My son wasn't diagnosed until he was 6. It was something that was there it just laid dormant. He of course has the allergies and eczema, the three go hand in hand. The doctor has him on advair and Claritin. He is now 10 and through hard work over the last 4 years has learned to control it and what to do if he has an attack. He is very active in sports as I do not believe that having asthma should be crippling for a child. The advair is a great medicine to use for this as a preventative and I highly recommend it when your child is old enough for it. Don't worry though things aren't as bad as you think they will be. You just have to accept and overcome with your child.
• United States
7 Feb 07
Well I don't know of any support groups. That is about the time they diagnosed my middle daughter with it. She will be 6 tomorrow. We had no clue what was going on with her, it started as an apnea problem. By the time she was 4 months she had almost every test under the sun done on her. It is so hard to see little ones sick.
20 Feb 07
It's good that he was diagnosed early. Sometimes they do outgrow it. You do have to find what triggers his attacks so that you can avoid those. It's really quite common and many others have it but have managed to live relatively normal lives. Stay positive :)