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So DS (8 months old) has had a cough pretty much his entire life. I took him to the pediatrician over Christmas because he had a runny nose on top of it and she said it was just nasal drainage from a virus and it would go away. Well it didnt. And it has gotten worse since then. It is especially bad at night. He coughs so hard now that he wakes himself up. I feel so bad for him! So I took him to our new pediatrician today (supposedly one of the most supportive of NFL here) . He said he can't say that it IS asthma, but he has all the symptoms of it. I have tons of allergies too (I'm actually seeing an immunologist in a couple weeks) my allergies cause hives though and not congestion. But DHs brother does have asthma. And DS has a touch of eczema (sp?) It isnt as bad as it used to be but he is still pretty scaly. So I guess the three of those are all linked together.<br><br>
I really just wanted the pediatrician to do some allergy tests (if anything). Especially since DS is sensitive to things in my diet already. I'm so scared to give him any solid foods (he only gets an ounce or two per week). But the ped. said he doesnt like to do tests on babies. He gave us a prescription (Zyrtec) for allergies for him, but I would still like to know WHAT he is allergic to (if anything) so I can keep him away from it ya know? Especially since allergens trigger asthma (if that's even what he has). The ped gave him two prescriptions for asthma. One to take daily (Prelone) and one to take only when he can't stop coughing (albuterol).<br><br>
I don't feel comfortable giving him drugs occasionally (not even orajel). So I definitely don't feel comfortable giving them to him all the time. I told the Dr. this and he said that he is more comfortable giving prescriptions than with testing. I wonder why?<br><br>
Does anyone have any input? Is there a way to manage this without tests and without drugs? Should I take him somewhere else? I haven't started him on the Rxs becuase I feel so uneasy. I don't want my DS to have to cough like he has been though. please help!
 

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See if you can see an actual allergist or if the ped will run a RAST test (blood test for allergens). Then ask for Xopenex and/or Pulmicort instead, those have worked MUCH better for Zach's asthma. Also they like to call Asthma, Reactive Airway Disease when they are little. Try getting rid of enviromental allergens first.<br><br>
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Dust mites<br><br>
You can avoid Dairy and see if that helps too. Sorry baby crying will try to get back
 

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Why is he prescribing asthma medication if it's unclear whether your son even has asthma?<br><br>
I always ask about it at my DD's doctor visits because my DH has it, but I have been told that it is too early to tell and my DD is 20 months. They said it's based on how they are when they are sick and to monitor it over time. Also, DD's doctor's wife is an immunologist and he said the environmental allergies wouldn't emerge until they have been exposed for 2-3 seasons of the same thing.
 

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i was told by at least 2 doctors that they don't like to make a diagnosis of asthma too early due to problems people have with insurance companies. they first diagnose RAD or bronchial spasms. apparently some insurance companies (if buying insurance not through work) will not take people with asthma or allergies. if they do provide insurance for an asthmatic at the very least they charge more. it sucks how doctors have to skirt around the diagnosis just to help patients deal with the insurance companies. it has been a while since i have heard this though so i don't know if this is still the reason.
 

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I'm very interested in this b/c dd has developed a chronic cough over the past 6 weeks that gets worse & better but never goes away. We have cats and have purchased an air filter for our bedroom and are dusting & cleaning everything. She too wakes often at night coughing. I haven't yet seen a doc (actually dd has never been to a doc, we're not big medical system fans here!) but will see ours on Apr. 5th. Given that we have public health insurance here I'll be interested to see what they say. I hear you Jamie on being reluctant to try such powerful drugs...<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">
 
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