Doctor Visits – January 2010

We visited the Doctor last week.  My 4 year old has been doing really well so far.  We did switch his antihistimine as the Allegra did not seem to be working very well.  He is now taking 1 Teaspoon of  Triaminic Cold and Allergy twice a day.  It seems to be working.  So currently he is taking the following:

  • Pulmicort – .5mg/2ml – Once a day and a maximum of twice a day if needed.
  • Xopenex – .63mg/3ml – As needed.
  • Nasacort – One squirt in each nostril at night after treatments above.
  • Triaminic Cold and Allergy (Orange in Color) – One Teaspoon in the morning and one before bed
  • Saline Nasal Spray – One squirt each nostril prior to taking Nasacort
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    March 2009 Doctor Visit

    Last week (Thursday) we visited the Allergy/Asthma Doctor.  She took a look at Caleb and said his lungs sound much better.  No more whistling is what she said.  I’m continuing the Xopenex and Pulmicort 2 times a day.  He still has a “wet” cough.  It is occuring at night but it isn’t that bad.  Once the cough becomes less frequent the Doc. suggested I give him 1/2 a Xopenex in the morning and night then when it turns into a “dry” cough I will stop giving him Xopenex and continue the Pulmicort .  The goal is to keep him off the Prednisolone

    I have also started giving him Nasacort at night.  The pollen count is so high here.  On Saturday it was over 11( that is on a scale of 1-12 with 12 being the highest).  Craziness.

    So currently he is taking the following:

  • Pulmicort – .5mg/2ml – Morning and Night
  • Xopenex – .63mg/3ml – Morning and Night
  • Xlear Nasal Spray – After treatments above and after being outside. 
  • Nasacort – One squirt in each nostril at night after treatments above.
  • Allegra – One tsp. Morning and Night
  • Please let me know if your little ones are on medications for Asthma and what their routines are.

    Living With Childhood Asthma

    This is my very first blog and I wanted to track my son’s asthma and hopefully help other parents in the process.  Caleb is a 3 1/2 year old energetic boy.  He started his first nebulizer treatment when he was 4 months and was officially diagnosed with asthma when he was 2 1/2.  We visited an Allergy/Asthma doctor and found out that he is allergic to pet dander, mold and dust mites.  Of course the first thing we did was clean and dust mite proof the house, paying close attention to his bedroom.  I visited a website called National Allergy and purchased the following to protect my son from the little bugs that “lurk” about in his room:

    This helped him breath a lot better.  He also started the following medicines

    At the time he was diagnosed he could not stop coughing so we had to give him Prednisolone, an oral steroid.  This helped clear things up for a while. We were able to take him off most of the meds.  However, he started having nightmares, leg cramps, sensitivity to light and crazy mood swings.  The singular seemed to be causing this so we took him off of it.  He did have a few withdrawal symptoms but once it was out of his system he was like a new child. 

    About two weeks ago he started having coughing attacks again that were out of control.  He caught a cold as well.  The Xopenex and Pulmicort weren’t clearing things up so off to the doctor we went.  For the past seven days he has been on the following:

    • Xopenx – 3 times a day
    • Pulmicort – 2 times a day
    • Prednisolone – 1 tsp 2 x daily
    • Allegra – 1 tsp 2 x daily
    • Xclear – At least 3 x daily (this is just a nose moisturizing spray you can find at the health food store)

    Tomorrow he will start taking the Prednisolone 1tsp 1 x daily for 7 days. 

    He is very emotional and aggressive but the meds. are helping his cough.