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19 November 2006 @ 09:41 pm
Name: Carolynn

Location: Idaho

Do you have Asthma or Allergies: no

Relation to Asthma/Allergy sufferer: mom

Age of child: almost 7

Has child been diagnosed with Asthma/ Allergies/ both: yes

If so, how long ago: 2, officially, though his ped said he probably had it the first time he was admitted with a cold that went ugly, at 11 months.

Is child on any medications or inhalers: no

For the most part, he has outgrown all asthma issues. He does still get a little wheezy with weather, and colds, but nothing like it was. He was hospitalized several times from 11 months to 5. Minor colds were incredibly scary, and usually landed us in the ER, nebulizer or no. The treatments we had only went so far.

I mostly only joined in case my experience with him might be helpful, or comforting, to a mom who hasn't dealt with it much yet. Hopefully what we experienced might be useful. If I'm not a good fit though, because he is one of the lucky ones that has outgrown it, please let me know.

Joangoodjoan on November 20th, 2006 06:21 am (UTC)
I am glad to hear your son is outgrowing it! Our original allergist said it was a possibility but apparently not in the cards for us. I am glad you joined, because there are so many different ways asthma presents and comes and goes, and really, it's So good to talk to other parents and get validation that you are doing the right stuff, or to get ideas and suggestions to make things better when things aren't going well. Your experiences are needed! I am still haunted by the night I had to call an ambulance for my son and that was a couple of years ago! I swear I had something like post traumatic stress syndrome from it! Had I had some other moms to talk to about it, to vent about it, to express how hard it was to hold it together and stay calm for my son, to tell him he was going to be ok, to help him relax and catch his breath, when all I wanted to do was cry myself, and have someone else tell ME it was going to be ok because I wasn't really sure it WAS, I might have dealt with it better!

Queen Mab of Critiqueaellwynde on November 20th, 2006 07:44 am (UTC)
As a mom, it is the scariest thing I've been through... dealing with a child who cannot breathe. Very hard. I think the worst for me was when he was 11 months. It was very traumatic for him as well. He went from sleeping through the night (had since he was 2 months old) to waking for weeks with what seemed to be nightmares. I know what you've felt there, I think.

I feel very lucky that he outgrew it. He still remembers being told he had to settle down and stop running/playing/wrestling with his sister, because he was starting to cough and wheeze. It is so rare that it happens now. I wish there were more kids that outgrow it.

Thanks for the welcome!!
mamalambsmamalambs on November 20th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)
Welcome! All of your experience will be a help to other parents. Glad to hear he is growing out of it! My son was rushed to the ER from his pediatrician at 8 months because of RSV. The asthma began to show it's ugly face after that.

Thanks for joining!
Queen Mab of Critiqueaellwynde on November 22nd, 2006 02:49 am (UTC)
My first had RSV at 2 months. It was terrifying. I really though she'd had health issues after that, but she's never been seriously ill since. My son, on the other hand, gets everything. She barely gets colds. How very odd.

Your poor boy. :/