My dd just turned 7 in April and the last few months she's been showing obvious symptoms of asthma. I always knew there was a big risk, I was diagnosed at her age and have battled severe asthma for years, she has several sensitivities related to her eczema (milk, soy, dogs). It started with coughing fits following running around with her friends, evenings were worst. Within weeks she was wheezing after running, and shortly after she was experiencing extreme shortness of breath after running and needing ventolin. I was really surprised by how fast this came on- she's never wheezed once in her life before a few months ago, now all of a sudden she can't go anywhere without a puffer as she seems to get an attack pretty much every time she runs around now- indoors or out. She also has woken up in the night on humid nights a couple times complaining of shortness of breath. Anyhow, brought her to the doctor and was not surprised but disappointed in the non-thorough diagnosis. Based on her symptom history, family history, and the wheezing she presented with, he quickly diagnosed her with asthma, prescribed puffers and discussed her treatment briefly. No tips or explanations. That was it. Drug her up and be on your way. Surprise, surprise. *rolling eyes*
He prescribed Flovent 2 puffs twice daily indefinitely and Ventolin preventatively before she's going to be really active, and as needed. He said it only went into the lungs and didn't get absorbed into the blood, the risks are very minimal, there are tons of people on asthma meds so it's safe, etc etc. He suggested I could give her 1 puff twice daily and see if that works for her, since I was not comfortable with as much as he originally said. I use Symbicort myself, have used Flovent in the past and found it to be a pretty strong med, though it didn't work as well as Symbicort. I only use my steroids during flare ups, which, after years of managing my asthma I am pretty good at pinpointing when I will have a flare up and can get it under control with just a week or two of the steroids, instead of being on them constantly.
I'm afraid she's going to end up like me. I eventually had to drop out of all the sports I was in as a kid 15-20 years ago due to my asthma- swimming, soccer, hockey and lastly softball. I missed lots of school, spent lots of time in the hospital making my mom go gray, got pneumonia frequently, collapsed lung from time to time, had horrible pregnancies, and struggled with my weight once I started on steroids as a kid. She's a tiny little thing- just under 50 lbs and she is usually pretty active- what side effects could these drugs have on her? I tried everything to avoid my kids' developing my asthma- ate healthy, natural births, breastfed exclusively, delayed solids, extended BF, cloth diapered, etc. She's got asthma and my youngest is severely allergic to several foods (milk, soy, peanuts, eggs). She's already off milk, as it affected her eczema so she's never really had much of it.
What supplements should she be on to help her? Are there any exercises she can do to strengthen her lungs and endurance? Should we have an air purifier? We use wood heat, should we switch to oil? Thanks for any help.