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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: Bd | 2008/01/23

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Asthma

My LO is now 16 months old. Between 6 months and a year she was constantly sick, so the paed put her on Venteze and Flixotide (one puff twice a day). She also put her on 2.5ml Deselex every night.
However I am now wondering if she does have asthma? I have stopped with the Deselex, unless I feel it is necessary, as her nose is clear(has been for over a month now). I have tried to wean her from the asthma pumps as well, as I believe you cannot just stop with the Flixotide. I now only give her one pump at night of each. When she does cough and I take her to the doctor, her chest is clear. Now surely if she had asthma her chest would not be clear. I have also tried giving her the pump every second night, but then after a couple of days she starts coughing again, and then I up the dose again. I just feel that she does not have asthma and I would like to see how she does without the pumps.
So back to my question, how do I wean her and do you think I am doing the right thing here?

Thanks

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

In your own words; when you stop the Flixotide she starts coughing again and while on Flixotide she is fine. This means that the diagnosis of asthma is probably correct and your baby needs to stay on the Flixotide until her asthma is fully controlled. Your paediatrician will tell you when to stop.

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Posted by: Bd | 2008/01/24

Thanks Ashtmatic's mommy, that makes sense to me now!!!

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Posted by: Asthmatic's mommy | 2008/01/23

Asthma is actually an inflammation of the respiratory system, so even if your daughter's chest is clear, that is not a sign of not being asthmatic. Asthmatics cough mostly at night, when they have an allergic reaction, when stressed or as a result of exercise. The fact that she starts coughing again when you try to wean her, to me, is a clear indication that your paed was correct in his/her diagnosis. I would not recommend taking her off flixotide. That is a "preventer". Venteze or ventolin are for use only if required. But if you doubt your paed's diagnosis, why not get another opinion? AS the mother of 2 children who are both asthmatic, it sounds very much to me that your daughter is suffering the same fate as both of mine!

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