My 2 yr dd has just returned home from a 5 day hospital stay as a result of asthma. She had her first attack about 8 months ago, and after getting the nebulizer at the hospital was fine to go home. Then about 1 mo ago, while we were visiting family in portland she had another attack - by the time we got to the hospital it was fairly scary. Then last week, she developed a runny nose, followed by cough, and I knew we would end up at the hospital. I thought it would be for a nebulizer fix and we would be home...5 days later we came home.
She is now on Pulmicort two times a day and Salbutamol four times a day.
I tend to be a faily positive person, who sees herself as a conciensous parent, so when the asthma first started I didn't "freak" out about it. However, I have learned that it is much more serious than I thought.
While at the hospital in Portland they sent us home, I now know, when they shouldn't have. On this last hospital stay they discharged us and then while we were playing in the play area I notice her breathing becoming laboured again, so I was readmitted.
This is what I have learned from these last three experiences:
- obviously, trust your mommy instinct.
- many people tend to not want to go to the hospital, (who can blame them,) go.....
- The pediatric nurses and my new pediatrician, drove home the point that little bodies are different then big ones... sometimes they will just stop if they are in to much distress, without much warning. So go to the hospital if your child has ANY laboured breathing. We now have meds at home, so I have been told if she has laboured breathing at all, while on the meds, go immediately. Better safe than sorry.
- One of the real eye openers of this recent experience was learning about oxygen levels, I now know my child should be at 95 minimum and holding that easily. While travelling the hospital discharged her when she was at 88.... which is not okay. I also know that my child responds really well to the meds, and then they wear off in about one hour, so it is important for me to stay at the hospital until well after this time.
Sorry that I have gone on so long, I just really want to drive home the point that we need to trust our instinct and learn about how our child reacts and find really supportive drs.
On a different note, I would be interested in hearing from others who are on a crazy med schedule like we are (4 times a day, every 6 hours) .. how are you working it into your life? Is it affecting your child's behaviour (being that pulmicort is a steroid/stimulant.)
We have had the allergy testing it was all negative, but I know that it will often not show intollernces. Anyone had any success with cutting out certain foods?
Wow - for a first post that was a long one