If you've been following, my 3 1/2 year old son, who was diagnosed with asthma after being hospitalized a couple of times for terrible wheezing. He now regularly sees a pulmonologist who has him on a whole coterie of meds–Flovent, Zyrtec, Albuterol on an as-needed basis and, since the last visit, Singulair as well.
In spite of all the meds, every time he comes down with a cold (have you ever seen a kid in nursery school go for more than a week or two without a runny nose?!), he ends up with a terrible, persistent, cough that last for weeks at a time. Thankfully, so far this season we've avoided wheezing or any hospitalization…but I would love to be able to offer him something besides (or in addition to) Albuterol to quiet his cough…I have definite moments during which I am jealous of parents who had their kids before all cold and cough medicines were taken off the table!
This is a sample of an asthma medicine plan that your doctor may give you for your child–or that you can use at home to keep track of all of the various medications that you may have to administer.
Last week my son got a cold. For a parent of a child with asthma, a cold is no small thing…especially during a summer time-off from preventative meds (It is a common practice to give an asthmatic child’s body a break from his or her daily meds during the Summer months, when there are less respiratory viruses floating around) Here’s the bullet-points of our last week or so:
on 7/29 or 7/30 he developed a high fever, with no other symptoms whatsoever. This fever lasted through the end of that week.
On about 8/5 He started sneezing and coughing a bit…as per the pulmonologist’s previous orders, I immediately began to give him his Albuterol inhaler, his relief medication, but did not yet start him on Flovent, his preventative medication.