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My almost 4 year old son has now officially been diagnosed with athsma. After half a dozen trips to emerg in the past couple of months the doctors want to put him on inhaled steroid meds. I told the doctor that I didn't want to and asked what my options were. She was furious with me. She didn't offer any options, or suggestions. She told me thatI would be causing him long term damage to his lungs by not using the steroid. Anyhow <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> he is triggered by allergies such as hayfever and dust (food allergies are under control). WE are dairy free. He has carpeting in his room, but it is very short with no underlay. We steam clean it several times a year. I would take it out but we are renting... and it is glued to plywood underneath. I am saving for a hepafilter type device for his room, and a matress cover. we don't have a very high income, and have to save to see a homeopath. I am trying my best to control this in the meantime.<br>
How are you treating your childs athsma. What have you had success with, and do you have any suggestions for me?
 

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My son is also 4, and was dx'ed with asthma just before he turned one. This despite being unvaxed and exclusively breastfed... It runs in my family. He doesn't have allergies so far, but his trigger is congestion of any type, gets him all inflamed and he coughs horribly.<br>
Your dr's take on it is accurate in that asthma is an overall syndrome that can worsen with repeated attacks. The goal is to prevent them and minimize them as much as possible. This maximizes his chances of outgrowing it, or at least being better off in the longrun. Lots of asthma attacks treated only with rescue meds (albuterol, etc) can lead to permanant lung damage. I have adult freiends who were treated this way who can confirm that.<br>
Any cleaning up of his environment is worth doing. I bought the HEPA vac, removed all carpets, and mowed our flower field (boohoo) We have no pets and do not smoke. We clean a LOT, boil sheets, vacuum screens, etc. It seems to help. This said, you don't want to feel like you live in a sterile hospital... Don't go nuts.<br>
I do use Pulmicort for him, an inhaled steroid in the neb once a day as a preventive. The difference between before and after is immense. He can now handle a cold like a normal kid, and hasn't wheezed in 2 years. His asthma presents like a persistant cough, and the neb handles it well. I also try to feed him good whole foods (he has no allergies) and get exercise regularly. Over the counter meds do nothing for him, and homoepathic and herb treatments were only minimally helpful. I tried everything, and was very resistant to the drug, but when I finally gave in and tried it I could not deny how much it improved his quality of life. I too ran to the ER with my little boy a few times, that is not a way to live, very scary and stressful. We do use about 1/2 the prescribed dose of the med, and take months off from it in the summer; we use it minimally. 3 different docs and 2 holistic practitioners have confirmed for me that one year of the max dose of pulmicort in the neb is still less impact than one week of oral prednisone. We have not experienced any side effects, after 3 years of use. It is a tough thing to learn, and it takes a combo of lots of things, but when you get a good program of management, it is so worth it. Best of luck <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">
 

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I'll tell you what I do to control my asthma. I take Singulair daily, have for years. Taking it usually controls it well enough that I don't need to do anything else for it. When I start to come down with a bad cold (they always go to my lungs) I start taking the steriod inhaler as preventative and most of the time it works. If I wait until it's really bad then I have to take the albuterol just so I can breathe in enough to take the steriod.<br><br>
Steriod inhalers should not be used daily long-term unless the asthma cannot be controlled in any other way. It will cause brittle bones and can cause, if used long enough, liver damage. However, asthma is a serious disease and should be taken seriously.<br><br>
As you are doing already, control the environment as much as possible to remove triggers. Our house is fairly allergy proof but in my area it's very dusty and full of pollen and unless you live in a bubble it's impossible to filter them alll out. I take Flonase daily and it is helping so, so much with my nose symptoms. I hope to stop taking it when it gets hot and the plants die off. I have tried other allergy meds with not very good results this year.<br><br>
My mom took me to a naturalpathic doctor some years ago and he prescribed some herbal things. They didn't work and I had an allergic reaction to one of them. I know they can work wonders for some people though, and it's worth trying.
 
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