Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: bibi | 2009-10-09

Q.

meds for nebs

good day my 2.8 yr old son and 6 yr old daughter are prone to allergies, mostly food and seasonal i.e. they mostly experience problems Aug-Dec but are otherwise healthy esp when avoiding the known and tested food allergens. I had asthma as a child. Given the strong allergic history, when my 6yr old esp gets sick this time of year, it would seem she displays asthma symptoms, an irritating coug, slight wheezing esp at nite, and a general tight chest. I sumtimes have to wait hrs before getting a dr app so i want to know since i have invested in a nebulizer. What meds can i purchase to keep on hand should either of them have such a reaction which really stresses me. I would like to be able to nebulize them until i can get to a dr. Pls suggest some effective meds to open up the airways and help them breathe. Neither has been diagnosed with asthma and these symptoms are 2 maybe 3 times a year during allergy season they are otherwise healthy except my daughter has on and off eczema - is ADVANTAN ok for that? only on her back of neck area? sometimes on the legs a few patches? The very good GP has just said they need to be watched for asthma and if the above symptoms occur regularly to consider asthma prevention meds which i would assume would be different from anything i can buy for at home use in the nebs anyway?

thanks

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

Good question with an excellent description of your problem.Both of your children have asthma, there is no doubt about the diagnosis. Their symptoms appear to be mainly seasonal which is very unusual in South Africa as most children with asthma are affected throughout the year. In spite of having seasonal symptoms both children need to be on regular asthma medicines to bring this illness under control and to give them a good quality of life. You cannot afford to have a situation where your children will be having asthma when they are writing exams at school for example. Both children must be seen by a paediatrician with a experience in paediatric allergy. Do not rely on having a nebuliser to treat their asthma symptoms, this is not the way to manage this illness.

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