Wheezing

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    Wheezing

    Hi All - looking for any info or experience with wheezing.

    DS is 8 months and has wheezed from the time he was a small infant maybe even newborn.  I've brought the wheezing up to the doctor and she said that as long as I can't see his ribs when he is breathing it is okay.  A couple weeks ago he had a bad cough and more wheezing so I brought him in and he had to go on nebulizer treatments with adbuterol, that helped and he sounded a lot better.  Now this past weekend he has started wheezing a lot but with no cough.  He has been playing very hard and is very busy the entire time that he is awake.  I called the doctor this morning and they said that I could do the nebulizer treatments again if I thought the wheezing was abnormal.

    So, I am wondering if anyone has had their children on adbuterol for a longer period of time and/or if anyone has any experiences with wheezing in babies that might be helpful.  Thanks!!
     
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    Did your son struggle sto breathe?  That is where I am struggling, DS will wheeze but he is not struggling.  How old was your son when you brought him to the pediatric pulmonologist?

     
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    I have had asthma since I was a child and wheezing is a sign of struggling to breathe.  It may not be the emergency kind of struggling to breathe (like what your pediatrician is asking you to look out for), but it is still a struggle if you hear wheezing.

    I agree with some-guy entirely, take the little guy to a pediatric pulmonologist.  If he has asthma and is put on treatments early enough, he could actually outgrow it.  It happened to the son of a friend of mine.  At around the age of 3 1/2 he no longer wheezed unless he was sick.  And, if the wheezing is just a part of your son's development, you'll personally feel better knowing that!

    As an aside, they didn't officially diagnose me until I was 6 and at 30, I still have to take daily albuterol and steroid inhalants along with a daily pill (Singulair).  Who knows if I would have outgrown it or not had they diagnosed me at a younger age, but the treatment today is SO much better than 25-30 years ago, it really couldn't hurt.

    Good luck!
     
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     My 8yo son had RSV at 15 days old -- since then, whenever he's been sick, it goes straight to his chest. The nebulizer and our family are old friends. At age 3 he spent a long weekend in Children's. But then, at around 6, he seemed to outgrow the wheezing -- till this October, when it all started again (poor kid was bombarded with strep, double ear infection, what turned out to be allergies -- which we didn't know he had --, and a nasty cold, all at once). Now he does a steroid inhaler twice a day, and the albuterol inhaler every four hours. This will be his routine if he is even a tiny bit sick. When he's feeling well, it will just be the steroid inhaler. So far, it all seems to be working well.

    I agree with someguy. The worst, worst, worst experience was my mad dash to the pediatrician, staring at my baby in the rearview mirror, watching him struggle to breathe. From the dr's office, they took him to the hospital in an ambulance. You don't want to go through that! A medicine regimen now will help prevent that scenario -- for both our families.

    Good luck!
     
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    Thanks everyone - I thought DS was odd having these symptoms so early but I guess not.  I'm going to start researching pulmonologists.  Also, my brother had really horrible asthma growing up, even my mother has commented on DS's wheezing which validates my concerns.

    Some Guy - Did you take your son to Childrens or see someone local?
     
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    KT, I would go to Children's if you are not that far away.  I have asthma, worse as a child and I went to Children's.  I was on something when I was younger and I only use an inhaler if I'm sick and the cough starts to linger in my chest.
     
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    I completely agree with some-guy.  Your pedi isn't taking this seriously enough.  Visiting an allergist and pulmonologist is absolutely necessary.  The pedi just giving albuterol whenever you think the wheezing is abnormal is just plain bad medicine.  Not only would I consult an allergist and pulmonologist, I'd find another pediatrician.
     
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    Well, I decided to make a follow up appointment with our Pedi this week.  They are typically very cautious but I also know that asthma and other respiratory issues in babies can be hard to diagnosis early.  Although I do not need a referral I'd prefer to discuss it with them before going elsewhere.

    I'm planning on seeing if I can get him into a specialist at Childrens.  I am on the South Shore and Childrens has small location in Weymouth too.  Now onto researching to find a doctor.

    Thanks everyone!
     
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    It could be an allergy to something he's had in his environment since he was born so you might want to ask about how something like that could be determined.  A mattress, a pet, a household cleaner, etc.

    GL!
     
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    KT- This post makes me think.  DD has had a cough for over a month, but thats all.  Doctor said it is just post nasle drip.  Last year she also had this cough and they put her on adbuterol which cleared her up but that stuff was no joke.  I remember being out to dinner and she was jittery. I called the doctor and it was just a side effect of the medicine.  I never wanted to give her that again.  I did not like what I saw.
    DS also has some kind of a cough for a while now and thats all.  When we went last week doctor said he was fine.  I think I am going to call the doctor for both of them and check it out again.  I wonder if it could be something that needs to be checked out again. 
     
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    I agree it could be allergies too, but I'd rather start at the pulmonologist than an allergist.

    Quad - Can you hear him whistle breathing...Thats what DS does.  I'm pretty sure you are in my neck of the woods, what pedi do you go to?
     
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    A non-medical approach...

    Is your child a nose breather or a mouth breather?
    - Dry chap lips, red corners of mouth = mouth breather

    Nose breather = non prescription saline nasal spray before bed, vac nostrils

    Launder all bedding with a non perfume detergent - All makes one
    When bathing your baby again non-perfume soap - IVORY

    Air cleaner with HEPA filter

    Humidifier

    Sleeping on back or side - Back = raise the matress @ the head end...

    Good luck!

    My son had colic and da croop.....for 68 years (no, it just felt that way..ask me how to hold a baby with colic and the croop!) Laughing
     
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    Oh yeah,

    Dog or Cat in the house?

    You are not allergic to the breed of dog you are allergic to the "dander" - Bichon Frise = Human dander...few other breeds with "human" dander...check

    Cat? get rid of it, no breed of cat with human dander...sorry!

    Symptoms of an allergic reaction to cats include: swollen, red, itchy, watery eyes; nasal congestion, itchy nose, sneezing, chronic sore throat or itchy throat, coughing, wheezing, asthma, hay fever [3], hives or rash on the face or chest, or itchy skin. If a cat has scratched, licked, or bitten someone who is allergic to cats, redness will occur.[4] Symptoms are often confused with a common cold. [5]

    Frown
     
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    I second (third? fourth?) the advice to see an allergist. Apparently, this fall (with the very wet summer and continued warm weather) was horrible for seasonal allergies. We had no idea that DS even had allergies! Also, dust is an issue. Now he's on a daily OTC med (Claritin) and it seems to be helping.
     
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    I'd do everything that RT suggested to remove allergens before I put my child on a daily allergy med.  They work and are not "dangerous," per se, but there are many natural ways to remove allergens with no side effects other than a healthier environment and children.

    New research is showing that artificial scents (like in detergent and fabric softener) have an effect on hormone production and are not good for adults, let alone developing children.  My mom has been having trouble with her adrenal glands, and they are going scent-free as a multi-pronged approach to deal with that.

    ETA:  OR, I'd put them on an allergy medication right away and when I finished de-allergen'ing their environment see if they stayed well without the medication.
     
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    Kar, well said. I should've added that we have worked to remove the allergens as well, rather than immediately medicating DS only. Be vigilant about changing the HEPA filter regularly -- if you don't, is an expensive piece of uselessness. Also, every week wash everything fabric that is in the bedroom. Cover mattress with appropriate pad -- wash it weekly too. Hot water!  

    Also, keep in mind that any OTC will take 2 weeks to be effective -- they don't work the day you take them. 

    Anyway, start with the allergy idea and work from there!


     
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    Maybe with all you're doing to reduce the cause of his allergies, he might do well with less or not even need the Claritin anymore?

    (Carpet, rugs, and stuffed animals are huge harborers of dust and mold, too.)
     
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    Could be! It's hard to tell though, given the time frame, whether it's the dust removal or the medicine that's working. I guess I'll have to remove the medicine to find out (don't want to put back all the dust!)....

    Ooo, stuffies, yes. He had a ton of them on his bed -- we had to remove all but one. Does make for a tidier room too. Now if only I could get him to put away his Legos.
     
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    I wasn't even allowed to have one stuffed animal.  I remember it well, and actually I still have that taken away teddy bear - it's in pristine condition, lol.  Legos are awesome for allergy sufferers - as for his putting them away, gl with that!

    I'm totally anti-medicine that isn't absolutely necessary because I think the FDA approves stuff that's honestly not healthy.  When ads have more warnings than anything else you've gotta wonder.  Like someone mentioned here (sorry, can't remember who), albuterol, for instance, is nasty stuff.  Yes, it's better than suffocation, of course, but anxiety, pesonality changes, and jitters all come along for the ride.

    I was on (and needed) an antidepressent.  After the severe causes were removed (divorce, anyone?) I tried tapering off it and, voila, found I didnt' need it anymore.  Yay!  But, I'd still be on it today for no good reason if I hadn't thought to see what would happen if I tried to go without since my life had changed dramatically.

    ETA:  Houseplants have a lot of mold - nothing you can do to prevent it.
     
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    While I agree with almost everything here, you may not need to get rid of pets.  My brother has asthma and my parents had many middle-of-the-night trips to the ER when he first started having symptoms.  The trips became so frequent, they got a nebulizer to keep at home. 

    He was tested for allergies and he has MANY including cats and dogs.  The cat and dog allergies were notable, but not severe.  My parents started out with a thorough sanitizing of his bedroom, special covers on his mattress and pillows, removing many "non-essential" stuffed animals and washing the "essential" ones.  And I'm sure there were a lot of other things they did, too, but those are the ones I remember.  What we did not do was get rid of the cat.  Again, his cat allergies were not severe.  The cat generally wanted nothing to do with my brother and never went in his room, never slept with him, and would usually flee the room or remain on high alert if my brother was nearby.  As a result, my brother wasn't touching the cat very much, so the risk of touching the cat and then touching his eyes/nose/mouth was very low.  Of course, there was cat dander on the furniture and probably in the air, etc. but my brother wasn't reacting to it and it didn't appear to be an asthma trigger.  So, we kept the cat and it wasn't a problem. 

    My brother got in the habit of washing his hands if he touched the cat and he was fine.  As an adult, he hasn't completely grown out of his asthma, but it is well-managed and he uses a rescue inhaler when he needs to.   He has also lived with many cats and dogs throughout the years and hasn't had any problems.  At one point, my mother had 4 cats and my brother was fine when he was at her house even though one of the cats had claimed my brother's bed as his own.

    Obviously, if a kid is severely allergic to cats and has an asthma attack or breaks out in hives whenever the cat is around, keeping the cat probably isn't an option--so I'm NOT saying no one should ever get rid of their cat if their kid is allergic.  What I am saying is that it may be ok to take a "wait and see" approach, get rid of/reduce other household allergen exposures like dust/dust mites, get an air filter, protect pillows and mattresses, etc. and THEN decide if the cat can stay or not. 

    I just see so many knee-jerk "get rid of the pets" reactions when a kid is diagnosed with asthma and/or allergies and it may not always be necessary.  Sometimes it is, and it's obvious that it is, and in those cases, you have to do what you have to do and your kid shouldn't have to suffer from something that can be removed from the environment.  In other cases, it may just not be necessary and is not worth the trauma of getting rid of a beloved pet when the exposure can be easily managed and there doesn't seem to be any adverse reactions to having the pet(s) around.

     
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    That's true about pets.  It definitely depends on the kids' allergies, the type of pet, etc.  

    One thing about pets, though, is that ones who spend time outside are super dust flinging machines even if their dander, per se, isn't much of a problem.  Before we got Gracie, I needed to dust once a week.  Since she got here, I've had to dust once a day in the area of the house she's allowed to be - it's very noticable if I don't.  So, if dust is a big problem for your child, a pet is worse than a stuffed animal even with dander aside.
     

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