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my seven week-old Josephine was just hospitalized for bronchiolitis . It was not caused by RSV, but by a different virus. She is much better now, but it was pretty scary. I was wondering if anyone else has had an infant with bronchiolitis and if it ever recurred? I am terrrified of hospital readmission--and I have a 3 year old and a an almost six year-old. How am I going to survive flu season?<br><br>
We're pretty good about hand washing, and the three-year old is not in daycare/preschool. My older boy is in kindergarten, but he is pretty good about handwashing at school and home.<br><br>
My husband is going to take some more time off work (yeah paid family leave!) so I will have some help, but I am just really still freaked out by the whole ER experience and hospital stay.<br><br>
Also I would like to hear from any parents whose children had Bronchiolitis as babies and later developed asthma...<br><br>
edit: I would also like to add that José is a breastmilk only baby...
 

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My ds is 5 months and is just getting over bronchiolitis. He too did not have RSV. It did recur once and lasted about a week the second time around.
 

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Liam had RSV last year. We do still have to do the nebulizer sometimes, but not nearlt as often as we had to last year. He used to wheeze badly w/ every little cold. It's been getting better gradually. This winter he has only had one cold thing where he needed his nebulizer. I swear it was RSV again, but I guess there's no way of telling. I dind't take him to the ped b/c he was doing well w/ the albuterol neb. ANyway, my point is that your babe is likely to need the neb for some time after this, but most kids do outgrow it w/out getting asthma. There is a connection between this and asthma, but my peds told me it's hard to say which causes which. My ds also has a ton of allergies, so I agree it's hard to say which causes which. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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My ds had this twice as an infant - once at 3 months and the other time at 5 months old... it wasn't RSV either time and he wasn't hospitalized for it.<br><br>
It didn't turn into asthma, but he has always been prone to chest colds and generally ends up with croup-symptoms whenever he catches any virus (he's now 11-years-old!).<br><br>
He was exclusively breastfed and didn't have any other little ones around to 'share' germs with him... I think that some kids are just more prone to certain symptoms when they catch types of illnesses (for example, both ds and I can have the same cold but mine <i>always</i> ends up as a sore throat while he suffers with the chest congestion).<br><br>
Hopefully your little one won't develop asthma and will make it through the rest of the winter season feeling better...
 

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that is super! ...but is he vaccinated????
 

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She, her name is Josephine or José (pronounced kind of like Josie), has not recieved any vaccinations except for hep b.<br><br>
She will be vaccinated when healthy enough. We travel a great deal, often to countries that have different living standards/public health than we enjoy here. Is there a correlation of vaccination and bronchiolitis?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Liam had RSV last year. We do still have to do the nebulizer sometimes, but not nearlt as often as we had to last year. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"></div>
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oh, I'm glad to hear that Liam is better! Josephine didn't really respond to the nebulizer--except get really wired...
 

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The doctors believe ds's bronchiolitis was worsened by "reactive airway disease". Basically, asthma. I wouldn't doubt at all if he goes on to develop asthma because I have it as well.<br><br>
I'm not sure of the link between asthma and vaccines but I know ds has been the sickest of all my children and he is the only one not immunized. Go figure!
 

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Just wanted to say I can feel for you on the hospitalization thing mamma! I thankfully don't have any experience with Bronchiolitis yet, but I do remember reading it is linked to asthma when I was worried my dc had whooping cough.<br><br>
My dd1 was in the hospital last spring for 3 days (what seemed like a lifetime and a half) and it was beynd tramatic, for all of us and the thought of going back into the setting is more than stressful. (dd had a bladder infection). I was 32 weeks preggers with my third and stood, yes STOOD, in the yucky ER listening to someother kid next to us cough like no crazy, for 6 hours before we got admitted. So all that to say, I feel your anxiety but try not to let it get the best of you. I still struggle with a lot of nerves everytime one of them gets sick with something "strange" or worry about dehydration etc. things that would put us back there. I'm haven't yet found a way to handle that stress or memories of it, but I just wanted to let you know someone feels for ya! hugs mamma. Keep nursing too. I've been relaxing on solids for my 8 month old because I want to get him through flu season ok. ug.<br><br>
hang in there!
 

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Hugs, mama. That can be scary!<br><br>
DD2 had RSV last winter at 3 months and was hospitalized for bronchiolitis. Since then she's had many, many colds. Some of them don't make her wheeze at all; some make her wheeze enough that we use a nebulizer a couple of times, or sit in a steamy bathroom with her for 10-15 minutes.<br><br>
Once your babe is sitting up and then walking, respiratory infections should not affect her quite so dramatically. And if she does get wheezy, there are plenty of ways to ease her breathing at home. It is still scary for me to see DD2 being wheezy (though it doesn't seem to bother her much, if at all!), but we do have things to help her.<br><br>
BTW she had no vaxes at all when she got RSV. Since then, she has gotten the DTaP series and one Hib vax, and that's it.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Just wanted to say I can feel for you on the hospitalization thing mamma! I thankfully don't have any experience with Bronchiolitis yet, but I do remember reading it is linked to asthma when I was worried my dc had whooping cough.<br><br>
My dd1 was in the hospital last spring for 3 days (what seemed like a lifetime and a half) and it was beynd tramatic, for all of us and the thought of going back into the setting is more than stressful.</div>
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OMG, I am getting better today--getting out in the sunshine and ffresh air has helped but I was freaked. I think lack of sleep was adding to it--I had mastitis, then my ds#2 got a bad cold with ear infection, then the baby got it --with bad ear infection and the bronchiolitis all in a row like that. I was either in the er or the doc's office every day last week--and then admitted to the hospital. In the ER (which is Children's Hospital Oakland, CA) I saw a young man (like 14 yo kid) with a gun shot wound, and a poor 9yo boy carried in by his mama after running through a glass door--the poor boy was screaming that he didn't want to die, poor guy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">:<br><br>
And because my dd is so young they did all these freakin' tests to her because they had to keep looking for stuff (I guess the Bronchiolitis wasn't enough for them! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: )<br><br>
Then, bacause we have 2 young boys, they couldn't really visit because of the risk of infection to them in the hospital.. so I couldn't really see my dh either... Just the though of ever being in a hospital freaks me out, and this was pretty good care--so even good hospital care is scary...
 

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woweee honey. I know too about the tests.....my dd was poked and proded, had an IV go bad. It got so she would start to scream if anyone would even walk in the room. I never left her side, had to leave dd2 at home with grandma. Dh stayed with us at the hospital also. I had a 2x2 corner of her bed and my arm was constantly on her arm that the IV was in as I was so paranoid it would come out and she'd have to be stuck again. It's so very hard too, like you said, even be in a good hospital care setting. All the tests and things they need. The hours are sooo slow to pass and you have to meet all these "milestones" to get released. About the time I started to question things is when we got released. I also got some pretty good contractions while I was there and was so worried I'd give birth in a hospital ( I was having a homebirth!!!) If they only knew!<br><br>
I think while we were there we just coped, and on the way home I looked at my frail little girl in the backseat asleep and had flashback after flashback. she's healthy that is the bottom line but it's very stressful as you know.
 
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