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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: worried mum | 2005/01/11

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Asthma

My daughter is nearly 5 years old and has not been diagnosed with Asthma although she has seen 4 doctors in the past two years when she wheezes, coughs and has difficulty in breathing. After she's put on the nebulizer, she's gets antibiotics and venteze. All 4 doctors said that after a few days she does not get better I'll have to bring her back. She always gets better. She weighs 28 kgs (4.2kgs when born) and is very active. She does not get short of breath easily but after excessive riding on her bike or too much running around she gets short of breath and starts coughing and wheezing. I normally give her a glass of water and tell her to rest.

When she gets a cold these Asthma systoms appear. The last time I gave her venteze, cough syrup, Rinex and used my mother's inhaler when she has difficulty breathing. This time she did not need to go on the nebulizer.

I am a smoker and when at home only smoke in the bathroom with the door closed and window open. I do not have carpets and our mattresses gets aired once a month.

Why will the doctors not diagnose her with Asthma considering that once in while she has to go on the nebulizer and antibiotics?

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

It definitely sounds like she has asthma, but a doctor can only diagnose asthma if a child returns to him repeatedly with these symptoms. That is why it is best to stay with a single doctor that you trust. The most important contribution you can make is to STOP smoking. If the symptoms recur or persist, then discuss the best treatment options with your doctor.

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Posted by: Worried Mum | 2005/01/13

Ok. I understand the importance of giving up smoking and what effects it has on her. Your son was diagnosed at 3 months. These symptoms only appeared when she was about 3yrs, so why will the diagnose her with asthma (not that I want her to have asthma.) Is her symptoms only cold related and why does she need to go on antibiotics?

Reply to Worried Mum
Posted by: Norma | 2005/01/12

Hi,

First, you will have to stop smoking around you child, not even in the bathroom, the smoke does go throught the house and smoke stays in a room for 7-10hours, so what happens when she has to use the bathroom? And the smoke on you, your clothes has a huge inpact on her. My boy was diagnose with Asthma when he was about 3months old, and it's really important that you do not smoke...

I don't know in what area you are, but we see doc Richard in Sandton, he is a Paediatrician and specializes in Asthma and chest related things...

Please do stop smoking, it's bad for you but even worse for your child..

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