Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Callie | 2009/02/27


Avoiding Asthma?

My 3 year old daughter was diagnosed with childhood asthma as she has the night time and exercise induced cough, however it only seems to occur during winter. I don' t use the inhaler during summer as she never seems to need it but in winter the coughing starts and I use a budaflam inhaler as prescribed by my doc. Is there any way to prevent the cough without going on the drugs as they tend to hype her up and then she doesn' t sleep well they don' t stop the coughing altogether anyway. I want her to be able to carry on and be as healthy as she is in summer. Sorry but I also can' t afford to constantly be at the doctor and trying out various medications at a good couple of hundred rand a time as we don' t have comprehensive medical aid.

Expert's Reply



Asthma treatment should not be based on the use of medicines only. You should also apply careful avoidance techniques so that your daughter is not exposed to the major allergens in her environment. Animals must never be allowed into her room. Dust reducing programmes should be in place especially the use of speciall pillow and mattress covers which are obtainable from most linen suppliers. It is best not to have carpets in her room, just a small washable mat next to her bed on a tiled or wooden floor.
On the medication side she would do well on a preventer medicine called Singulair, but this will be too expensive. Budeflam is a very good preventer medicine but must be given twice a day using a spacer with a face mask.

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Posted by: CV | 2009/03/01

Have her mattress cleaned. Dustmites in her mattress can cause this as well.

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