Tell me everything you know about asthma.

It looks like my 19month old is being diagnosed with allergies and asthma. She has been in the hospital for a few days now with breathing problems. We are hoping to go home tomorrow.

I don't really know much of anything about asthma. If you or your child has asthma I would love to hear anything you know about it and how you handled it.

Thanks!

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4Katie
    05/02/14
    4Rina
    I have bad asthma. My daughter and younger son have asthma as well. For us, it mostly flares up when we get a viral infection. There are many, many things that I have tried and that have helped (such as the Buteyko breathing method, acupuncture and of course, meds). However, your daughter is probably too young for anything but med. I would say that your first priority is figuring out her trigger and trying to find a way to avoid/eliminate. See if acupuncture is an option at her age; I just don't know. Let me know if you want to talk more about this.
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      05/02/14
      Okay, weird angle, but my husband and my cat have asthma. We give my cat an inhaler with an apparatus that I've heard is similar to the apparatus that is used for children, similar to this child in this photo:
      http://i.ytimg.com/vi/NIDwcj8XuOM/0.jpg

      It's easy to use with my cat, so it should be easy with children, if you should ever need to use one. :) Sorry, that's all I have to offer--that, and I know you'll be fine because you're really such a good and well-informed mom!
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        05/02/14
        I have asthma, mine is very well under control so its not something I think about often. She will probably be on a daily medication until it gets under control and then if it's mostly seasonal allergies causing it she may not be on anything until allergy season hits during the year. I'm not sure if she is too young but there's a medication for both allergies and asthma called Singulair that I take. It works well for me.
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        05/02/14
        4Katie
        They are putting her on Singulair.
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        05/02/14
        4Katie
        She is getting breathing treatments with a nebulizer and she is getting oral steroids.
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        05/02/14
        4Rina
        Katie - maybe it's just me, but I'd keep her on the oral steroids for as short a time as humanly possible. They really have a lot of potential side effects, particularly for a growing child.
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        05/02/14
        4Katie
        They said it is a 7day course only.
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          05/02/14
          Amanda Muir
          Drew has asthma. He was always in and out of the hospital for breathing treatments when he was younger because anytime he'd get the least bit sick he'd have trouble breathing. Honestly it seems to be something he's slowly outgrowing (that or just because we haven't had a virus in awhile) because we haven't had to break out the inhalers in quite some time now.
          I hope Annika's asthma is able to get under control so you guys don't have to constantly be in the hospital. Poor girl
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            05/02/14
            Amanda Muir
            Melissa, I was told by a few doctors that it is quite common for children to outgrow asthma. He said that most do. I am happy that that seems to be the case for Drew and glad it was for your Bub!
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