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I have another thread going, but wanted to see if there are any other mamas out there who have dealt with this, and if it lead to actual asthma. My son is 7 months old, and I am hoping this is a one-time thing.

The only other time he has been sick ever was when he was about 3 months old and had a cough that led to wheezing when he would wake up at night. But that only lasted one day/night,. and he had no other symptoms.

He is a 21-lb healthy, breastfed, unvaxed, happy, easy baby! No immediate family history of allergies or asthma.

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Ok I posted on your other thread too, and I don't mean to hijack but I have been thinking about you guys, remembering how scary it was when we first started dealing with this stuff. It was a steep learning curve, thats for sure. My dd was 10 months old.
Anyway how did your visit go? Maybe let's not go down that "how to deal with it" road unless we have reason to, kwim?
You will have support if you need it but don't get ahead of yourself.

 
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When my son had asthma, it was very good to know what the triggers were. For him it was mostly change of weather. Like when it turned really cold or it got very dry and cold...

Also, he was affected by excitement. When we had company with kids and they were running around wild, that night he would always come down with an asthma attack.

Once we know what the triggers were, we could prevent them at least some times.
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We went through a lot of this with my now 8yo, and it started with RSV when he was about 3 or 4 months old. His turned into asthma triggered by colds, so every time a cold went around the house he got really, really sick and it just wouldn't go away for him and he'd be on nebulizers and steroids and such just to breathe. We had a lot of hospitalizations, and I'll agree with the above poster who said it's a steep learning curve. When you see your baby struggling to breathe, well, it's heartbreaking and you'll do whatever you can to help and ask questions later.

It did take a few years for us to get his under control enough that he doesn't have to have steroids or nebulizers every time he gets a cold now. He has survived a couple of cold and flu seasons with no hospitalizations (woohoo) and we know how to support him through the rough spells mostly now. In fact, he seems to be outgrowing the tendency toward asthma (knock wood) which would be awesome!
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I had it several times as a kid and now have asthma as an adult.

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I just saw your update on the other thread. I'm sorry. It's hardest at the beginning. I agree that its good to only focus on NOW, not the "what ifs" of the future. Just deal with what you have in front of you. A lot of us here have gone through this either ourselves or with our children. It's not impossible. It's manageable. It's very good that you caught it.
Just curious, did you see the same doc who originally told you that it was nothing to worry about?

 
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Yea I did...I was thinking wtf? Yesterday he told me that it was nothing...the next day its this big thing. I have searched long and hard to find a good doctor, and aside from this odd incident, we really like him and trust him. He is a DO, acupuncturist, and his wife is a homebirth midwife so he doesn't push vaxes...anyway.

DS is doing MUCH better today. The meds pretty much instantly took his wheezing away and he is almost back to his regular self...I am just trying not to think about a future of asthma...

We were around a sick baby a week and a half ago, and also around cigarette smoke (my dad has smoked in the house just prior to us coming over so this kind of makes sense...I wouldn't be so worried about it being a persistent problem, except that he had a weird coughing/wheezing episode with no other symptoms when he was 3 months old...it like came and went. At first it sounded like croup, but it went as fast as it came so I didn't think much of it. There definitely was wheezing with retractions though at night...
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I'd ask for a referral to an allergist. Your doc is probably just out of his realm. I was surprised to hear that he was calling it asthma so soon. I thought there had to be repeated episodes before that diagnosis would be given.
I'd keep the doc for the other stuff that you like him for and seek a specialist for the respiratory stuff. JMO

 
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Luckily, we have a world-renowned allergy center/natural healing center 20 minutes away www.woodmed.com

But its probably jumping the gun to take him now, no? I guess if and when he gets sick again I will take him there.

Bronchiolitis appears to have the same symptoms as asthmatic bronchitis too...
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So glad he is doing much better. That is a good sgin that he responded so well to treatment. I inherited a nebulizer from my neighbor whose DS outgrew his viral asthma. So I know that there is hope!
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Luckily, we have a world-renowned allergy center/natural healing center 20 minutes away www.woodmed.com

But its probably jumping the gun to take him now, no? I guess if and when he gets sick again I will take him there.

Bronchiolitis appears to have the same symptoms as asthmatic bronchitis too...
Thats awesome! No I don't think its jumping the gun. They can give you an action plan just in case. I'm curious about what they would say regarding his current diagnosis actually. Maybe its a perfect time to go, while they can see whats going on right now.
Plus you need to know what to do if it happens again beforehand. You need an action plan.

Just a side note, when we first started dealing with this, I was seeing our ped who I liked and trusted, someone fairly holistic. When she suggested we see a specialist (after the first episode btw) I was so against it. I'm so distrustful of western medicine in general and terrified that she was sending me off to this traditional mainstream person who was going to just give us a bunch of drugs. But she made it clear to me the importance of having an expert. I am so glad that I went. Yes we are only going the traditional route right now (unfortunately) because I cannot afford an ND or a TCM practitioner or anything like that. But, I am SO glad that when dd gets sick I can go right in, no questions asked. They will take a listen to her anytime, every day if I want and will answer a million questions, and will take the time to educate me.

Sorry to ramble. We've been dealing with scary flare ups for a few weeks and there's been a lot of sleepless nights lately. You're story really jumped out at me.
I'm so glad you took him in!
Do have the experts take a look.

 
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Motherwren, I know this is off thread but...the sleepless nights get to me, too. Amila, what a great resource so near.
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