We have had good results with Singular. It needs to be taken every day regarded of her condition. DS has been on it for 8 years now.
Same thing with my DS. The Singular is what really made the difference. That and going to an allergist/asthma specialist. The regular ped. managed the symptoms when they flared up. The allergist keeps the symptoms from flaring up.
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So here's a whole other thing... do all these medications cause nightmares or weird pain?
She woke up coughing last night (all night) and seemed to be having a nightmare. She was yelling and screaming at me (leave me alone! Don't talk to me!) and I was just trying to keep her safe. The first time I figured it was a dream because she passed back out. The second time, she coughed, woke up, and was yelling about a party hat and how I took it, so I was definitely thinking it was a dream and the cough woke her up. She mentioned her elbow hurt, then her toe. I threw the light on because I was scared and tried to rock her, and she was upset and asked to lay back down, which seemed to be too in touch with reality to be dreaming but her head hit the pillow and she was back out again.
She was napping just now, with me, and the same thing happened. She started rolling like she was agitated, coughed, and started this crying that sounded like cat's yowling. She said her arm hurt, but refused to be picked up and didn't open her eyes. I picked her up and she started thrashing and yelling "leave me alone! Let me go to my room!" (we were in mine.) I went to take her back and she started yelling to lay back down, still complaining about her arm. I put her back on the pillow and she yowled again, grabbed her arm, and fell back to sleep.
I think that she's just dreaming, and she's not complaining of any pain when fully awake. Her arm may have fallen asleep... but I don't know.
Wrapping back around, does this drug cocktail give nightmares? I have a VM out to the on call doctor but I thought I'd check here.
It may not be the meds but her body trying to get her to wake up. If she is having a nightmare her body could be tensing up and causing a temporary pain/muscle cramp and when she wakes up it goes away. Just a thought.
The drug manufacturers should last any side effects on their website if the meds didn't come with some paperwork.
Looked it up on Google. Scary stuff about "steroid psychosis" and how it doesn't stop after you're done taking it.
Waiting for on call doc to call me back.
I wanted to dispel the 'move to another climate' theory. So many people have brought non-indiginous plants and created non-native water features when they've moved to areas like AZ that the climate is no longer any help for asthmatics.
Good luck with the little one. I hope she's on the mend soon.
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Just some things to add...
It seems to get much more severe when the pollen count is very high.
Central air has been very helpful to them, filters etc.
My mother has said that she can't take Singulair at night as it gave her horrible dreams, so she takes it in the morning.
Be sure to clean and dry tubing for the nebulizer very thoroughly.
When in doubt, a trip to the ER is often a good idea. They have respiratory therapists, pulmonologists etc. and can sometimes be very helpful.
Also, make sure you wash/shampoo hair every day to get rid of any pollen/allergens. Do not dry clothing/sheets etc. outdoors as pollen can land on them also and cause more problems.
Albuterol via nebulizer can make you feel like a total speed freak....I was on it for bronchitis....totally freaked me out....took at least a half an hour for my heart rate to go down.
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I brought mine to the hospital the last time and the respiratory therapist actually thought mine was better! His attacks last a couple days and I know the coughing sucks, but the nurses always tell me it's a good thing, lungs clearing themselves out...
I'm going to look into one of those O2 monitors tomorrow.
Regarding the lings clearing themselves out, it's my understanding that there's a difference between junk in the lungs and inflammation? Like, persistent asthma coughing just keeps up the inflammation, but if you're sick then it's good to clear them out.. but there's a distinction. Is that right?
I haven't had him tested for allergies because his triggers are pretty common for asthmatics and the only thing to do is avoid the triggers, lol. I know it's very scary when they are little and can't really explain what's going on. My son is 9 now, and this started at 15 months. Once the maintenance meds are worked out, hopefully you will all get some relief!!
"That's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt."
Yes it would be normal for her to act bizzare with dreams. She is on steroids which make many people a bit goofy. And she is also sleep deprived from not getting good REM sleep for several days with all the coughing. This will go away when she weans off the prednisone, and gets caught up on her sleep.
COOL HUMID air is what works the best, in a pinch when you need the humidity run the shower, and close that bathroom, but if you can make is cold and humid that is actually better, it helps to shrink the inflammation, and moisturize the airways. As a beekeeper, I want to remind you of one of the best cough rememdies know to man from the beginning of time. HONEY!!! Find a local source of raw honey for her. This helps to sooth her airway, and decrease her cough. In addition if she has a fair amount of drainage from her upper airway she will be more apt to cough, so if you can get her to use a neti pot or saline wash she will cough less too.
My kids had whooping cough at one time, and I thought I was going to loose my mind between taking care of them, and the sleep deprivation. So I feel your pain. You will get through this, and your baby will be stronger, and tougher than the rest of the kids because she has dealt with this.
((((and strenght, and PEACEFUL SLEEP for you both)))))
My son has Cough Varient asthma and I learned the hard way that all of those nebulizers and puffers actually made his asthma worse!!
We spent so many months in and out of the hosptial, vistiting asthma specialists and allergists. No one had an answer.
The only medication that ever worked for him is Singulair. He took it one night and his coughing just stopped. I had to run adn check that he hadn't died!!!
He still has an occassional cough, but they think now it is more of a tick than anything else. He is always worse in the winter and damp days.
We spent a lot of time fighting emergency room doctors who basically told me I was crazy, or to take him home there is nothing they can do. It was so frustrating, I cried so many nights for years until we sorted it out.
He got his tonsils out this year (finally, he is 12!!) and he hasn't had one episode at all this year. What a difference.
I hope they help your child out. :)
Thank you so much, everyone.
So sorry...I just saw this. I hope your appointment today brings some good news.
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