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Okay. This is from the mama of an asthmatic. Dd showed her first signs of asthma at just over a year. First off, an asthmatic doesn't have to wheeze for it to be asthma. I am asthmatic and have only in my life had ONE wheezing episode. The rest of the time I cough. And cough. And cough, and cough, and cough. My daughter has the same MO. The thing with the nebulizer is that if your dc is really having asthmatic episodes and you DON'T treat them, you can be allowing permanent damage to their bronchioles. They can get so inflamed that there is permanent scar tissue formed, and then they'll get other problems that are much worse.
So, go to see an asthma and allergy specialist and see if that is what the issue really is, but the symptoms sound like it to me. And, by the way, I would stop the vaporizer today! Many people who have asthmatic issues are very allergic to dust mites. Dust mites multiply like little bunnies if the humidity level is higher than 30% in a room. Soooo, as good as it is for other people, I'd say there's a high liklihood that the vaporizer could actually be ADDING to the night time coughing issues. Next, start washing your sheets a MINIMUM of once a week in VERY HOT water, and dry in a hot dryer. The rest of your bedding, too. THis will kill any dust mites in your bedding, but they will climb up from your mattresses, and begin to multiply again, which is why you do it a minimum of once a week...
THEN, start supplementing yourself with cod liver oil, and your dc will get it through your breastmilk. This, along with supplementing with juice plus (my kids love the gummies, but they have chewables, as well--and I break up a purple capsule every day and put it in juice for her) has made a HUGE difference in the amount of inflammation my daughter experiences in her lungs. Yes, she does still seem to hang on to a cold a little longer than my ds (IF she catches it...the supplementation has made a huge difference in what she even catches, let alone holds on to...), but it is significantly shorter than it used to be (I'm talking six weeks in some cases, or even just two and a half weeks as compared to ds's five or six days).
Also, we have found that if we're in a high risk time of year, it's a great idea for dd to take singulair as a preventitive. We are sure that she has it at the very least during the fall and winter months, although this past spring and summer were so wet that she needed it all year round this year. THAT has kept pneumonia at bay for (knock on wood) almost a year and a half, when she had it two or three times a year before that.
Soooo, yes, it is a very valid and effective treatment to use a nebulizer to treat asthmatic symptoms, and can keep long term damage at bay. AND YES, there are OTHER things you can and should be doing to have to keep from using the nebulizer at all.
I'm not just speaking from my own experience, either. If you look up asthma and cod liver oil, you'll see that it has a significant level of success in treatment to keep symptoms from appearing.
I have friends (some IRL who are members here as well), who use the same routine as we do (Singulair, cod liver oil and Juice Plus, with vitamin C), and it has made a huge difference in their lives and those of their children, as well, since they started.
Good luck, and I hope you find the information you need to keep your child healthy!
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