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Old 08-08-2002, 10:45 AM
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Kids with asthma

How many other moms out there have kids with asthma? My daughter is 8 years old and was diagnosed with asthma when she was almost 2. She has suffered with pneumonia, bronchitis and constant flair ups. She's doing well right now, but for a while it was terrifying!

It seems that practically every one you talk to either has a child with asthma, or knows one.

Does anyone have any opinions as to why so many kids have asthma now compared to when we were kids???

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Old 09-04-2002, 01:52 PM
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Hi! I have a dd who is almost 4 and has been on a nebulizer for 5 months now for allergies/preasthma symptoms. I am just a wreck. The pollon count is high now and her coughing is just terrifyling. I am looking for a place to go (online) that can provid me with recipes that asthmatics adhere to. I have heard that much of the asthma problem can be controlled by diet.

How long did you wait until you saw a specialist, if any? I am getting frustrated with her condition but don't want to put her thru all the testing.

I think that many kids and adults alike are more and more likely to come down with astma and allergies. That only shows how poor the air quailty really is!

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Old 09-04-2002, 02:55 PM
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We've stayed with her pediatrician because they are so good about answering our questions in a way we can understand. There's nothing so frustrating as having a doctor act like you either don't need to know what they are talking about, or that they know more than you about your kid!

My daughter has food allergies, so we have to be careful what she eats. Our main thing is that she gets lots of fruits and vegetables. When she eats healthier, she does better.

I agree about the air quality! It's terrible out there! My dauther can not be around anyone that smokes, but she's not shy at all about telling someone to stop!

She's drinking Noni juice each morning now and has had a very good summer. Noni assists the body's own repair systems naturally in ways that have never been seen before. With help from Noni, your body may finally be able to truly heal itself from chronic health problems you never thought possible.

Let me know if you'd like more information on it! I'd be happy to share.

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Old 09-04-2002, 03:47 PM
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My child was 3 when he was finally diagnosed with asthma...I have asthma and I kept telling his doctor that he would wake up about 1:00am every night, coughing and wheezing. He sounded like a kitten. My doctor then thought I was nuts...I changed Doctors and when he was sick I brought him in right away and he says...he is having an asthma attack! Finally! Someone believed me. My son had a few rough years and he missed alot of school. Finally we saw a specialist to get more help for him...we then did the enviromental thing, dust free bedroom..no stuffed animals, books and stuff like that in his room...his room was a sleeping room only and I gave him the extra bedroom to put his toy box and books etc. Hanging clothes were kept separate too! The most drastic step is we had to remove our carpet. I still have 2 rooms left with wall to wall carpet left to rip out. (dustmites are bad in carpet) The best thing we did was to purchase a Honeywell air cleaner with a cpz filter too. It was expensive but it works...you do NOT want an ironizer type.(bad for you)
We run it 24/7, in his room...the only time it is shut off is if we are on vacation for 2 weeks or so.
It has made a difference, also no cats.
Now my son is 13 and he only gets asthma when he gets a cold or if the grass is mowed.
There is light at the end of the tunnel ladies and there are so many better drugs out now for asthma.

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Old 09-04-2002, 07:12 PM
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I think I have heard about Noni. A woman I know has her son on it. We'll see. If I remember correctly, it is a little bit expensive.

I feel so guilty giving my dd so much medicine. She takes D'allergy once a day, Donatussen 3 X a day, nebulizer 3X but twice with pulmacort (steroid). It sounds as if it is breaking up in her chest, but she is so crabby all the time and is just so difficult to be around, for other kids. She starts preschool tomorrow and I am really worried that she is going to be difficult. (what toddler isn't). What medications are your children on? I am also concerned bc I don't feel as if it so much that she has asthma. I have never heard her weeze, but she coughs a lot.

We are in the process of ripping up our carpets, we have hard wood underneath. We took the carpet out of her room and have put in pergo.
I will do the dehumidifier I think. We;ll see!
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Old 09-05-2002, 06:05 AM
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My Jillian is on Singular and Claritin now. She only needs to use the nebulizer when she has a flare up, and that hasn't happened since the end of April. Thank God!!!!

She drinks only 1 oz of noni each morning mixed with grape juice, so one bottle lasts her a whole month. It's much cheaper for her to drink a bottle of noni a month than the cost of all the additional meds she gets put on when she has a bad attack.

Jilli was very cranky when she was on prednisone and the nebulizer treatments. And, she could NOT sit still in school. It made her extremely hyper. She had a hard time at school last year because she couldn't sit still long enough to concentrate. I can see a huge improvement in her now! This summer, she actually would sit and play quietly instead of running from one thing to the next. She's only been back in school a little over 2 weeks, but her teacher is very pleased with her.

Jillian often wheezed during her attacks, but at times it was just a constant cough. It was like every time she took a breath, she coughed. She wouldn't even realize it, but of course, a mom's ears pick that up right away!

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I had a conversation with a mom this morning about her son (he is 8)and takes this supplement called ReLive...it is like that noni stuff. I guess it has helped him control his asthma as well. I am about ready to try anything b/c I feel so bad for her. She coughs at the littlest things. Refresh my memory, did you take your child to the specialist? What kind of testing did they do? Has she grown out of the allergy/asthma? ANyone else new to this topic, please feel free to chime in!
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Old 09-05-2002, 02:21 PM
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No, we didn't take her to a specialist because she was being treated by our pediatrician and she was so helpful in explaining things to us. Also, the closest specialist was several hours away. We live out in the middle of nowhere! LOL!

I do not believe she has outgrown it yet because she had such a terrible winter and spring and had just gotten over pneumonia and pleurisy in April when we started her drinking the juice. Occasionally she will miss taking her Singular and Clariton pills at bed time, and she almost always starts wheezing by the next day. But, unlike in the past, with two puffs of her Albuterol inhaler, she is then fine. Before she drank Noni, if she missed her pills and she had an attack, she would end up on breathing treatments again and be sick for a week!

Believe me, we try very, very hard to make sure she doesn't miss her pills! But with as crazy as everyone's schedule is, it does happen occasionally. "Did you give her the pills? No, I thought you did! Well, you were home with her. I know, but you usually give them to her!"

I never heard of ReLive. I'll have to check into that. But we are thrilled with what a little bit of juice could do for her!

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Old 09-05-2002, 07:26 PM
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Musicmom1, Constant coughing is asthma, you don't have to wheeze to be diagnosed with asthma. Asthma affects your whole system...coughing, upset stomach,chest pain, chest tightness, fatigue, can come on before the wheezing or that might be the only symptons you have.

Does your child cough at night while sleeping?

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Old 09-06-2002, 05:00 AM
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I think we have finally gotten the coughing at night under control. She has not had an eposide for a long while. We use the nebulizer before bed. She generally has had coughing fits after long walks or when she wakes up. She loves being outside, down and dirty, and I just hate to tell her that she can't do that!

Do you work for that Noni company?

So, noone has taken their child to be allergy tested? My Dr. Told us that we could do it if we wanted to, but they would just end up giving her the same med that she is on now. UGH....
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