Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Angie | 2009/04/21



Dear Paed. My 2yr old has asthma but all allergy tests come back negative. She has 4mg singulair chewable daily as well as 2.5ml Zyrtec for 18 months. Every now and then she starts with terrible wheezing what can i give her when this happens ?? What can be her cause of asthma ?? Are her medicine dosages adequate ??

Expert's Reply



If your little girl's allergy tests are negative it is most unlikely that she has asthma. rather she has an illness which mimics asthma. I suspect that she has recurrent wheezing with viral chest infections.She should grow out of this illness by the time she is about 3 years of age. The best treatment for her wheezing is to use a Ventolin puffer in a Aerochamber spacer with a face mask [the yellow one]Give her 2 puffs when she is wheezing. You can use the Ventolin 3 times a day, but only if she is wheezing. Keep her on the Singulair but stop the Zyrtec as she is not allergic.

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