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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    It’s Earth Day

    Happy Earth Day everyone!  Do something great for the earth today.  Plant a tree, walk instead of drive or try to change just one thing in your home that will be positive for the planet and yourself.  One small thing we have started doing in our house is to use Re-Usable Dryer sheets instead of your regular throw-away sheets.  It reduces waste and it is one more way to keep harsh chemicals off of you and your family’s clothes and bodies. 

    Let me know what you are doing for the earth today.

    Green Cleaning – Disinfectant

    As you probably know the products we use to clean our homes can agitate allergies and asthma.  Here are a few recipies I found from Annie B. that you can use to create a safe disinfectant for your home:

    #1: Straight white distilled vinegar. By far the easiest and the cheapest solution, put the vinegar into a spray bottle and spray straight onto the area of concern. Don’t rinse. The smell will dissipate in a few days. Why the the white distilled? Organic apple cider vinegar will be fine, too, but it could stain.

    #2: Straight white distilled vinegar with a few drops of lavender essential oil. I recommend this formula for those who don’t like the smell of vinegar. The drops of lavender mellow the smell considerably, and they also provide some antibacterial qualities of their own.

    #3: The most ambitious formula but also the most fun, make the famous Vinegar of the Four Thieves, made famous during the Black Plauge when a family of perfumers used it to rob the dead, knowing that the antiseptic herbs would protect them from the germs. To make it place a small handful each of lavender, rosemary, sage, rue and mint in a large jar, and cover completely with organic apple cider vinegar. Cover tightly and set for six weeks. Strain into a spray bottle.

    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.

    2009 Asthma Capitals

    Here they are…The Top Asthma Capitals for 2009

    1.   St. Louis, MO
    2.   Milwaukee, WI
    3.   Birmingham, AL
    4.   Chattanooga, TN
    5.   Charlotte, NC
    6.   Memphis, TN
    7.   Knoxville, TN
    8.   McAllen, TX
    9.   Atlanta, GA
    10. Little Rock, AR

    The Coughing is Less Frequent

    This week I didn’t up Caleb’s Xopenex treatments to three times a day as planned we just weren’t home enough. I did start giving him the Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar mixed with his apple juice. I only gave it to him once a day in the mornings and it really has helped his cough. He says his asthma is gone now which is good but I don’t think it is completely gone. We visit his asthma Dr. next week and hopefully she will want us to drop down to only one Xopenex treatment a day. We will see!

    The Pollen level this week in our area has been at 8.6.  The Predominent Pollen is Oak, Grass and Myrtle.

    Finished the Prednisolone

    Caleb has been off of the Prednisolone for a few days now.  He is taking Pulmicort and Xopenex twice a day.  Last night he started coughing.  He had at least two instances where his coughing was a bit excessive.  Tomorrow I will start giving him Xopenex three times a day to see if that will ease his night coughing. I’ve also started giving him Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar in his apple juice again.  I give him about a teaspoon in his juice once in the morning and then again in the evening. It has helped ease his symptoms in the past so I figured it is worth starting this routine up again.  I found this home remedy from the Allergy Asthma Zone website.  Take a peek – Maybe one of the remedies they list will help you!  🙂


    We have cut down on the Prednisolone to one time a day now. We are giving it to him in the mornings with his Allegra. He usually takes it with breakfast to avoid an upset stomach. Then he takes his Xopenex and Pulmicort treatments. Yesterday(Monday) his preschool teacher said he hasn’t been emotional just very loud. Today, however, was a different story. We brought my 1 year old to the doctor and as we were leaving Caleb through a tantrum. He has never done that before. When we got home I was able to calm him down. I really don’t like how this medicine is effecting his emotions, but it is relieving him of his cough.

    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.