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Hi all :wave:
I have a 2 year old was recently diagnosed with asthma, i took her to my gp, and explained i was concerned about her breathing has she is short of breathe and has a wheezy cough all the time...
The doctor did nto even check her over before diagnosing her and giving her tablets to take....
Does any one know if this is how a 2 year old is normally diagnosed? Is there any tests that could be done or anything to confirm it??
sorry i can't be of help...?
i do find it weird he would just diagnose. maybe get a 2nd opinion ? it wouldn't hurt, just to make sure!
Hi. I find that dr's are too ready to dx bubs and small kids with athsma. What are your 2yo's symptoms? I recommend getting a second opinion too.
My DD has laryngotracheamalacia (floppy airways) that was corrected with surgery at a few weeks of age. We were told months later that DD had athsma, to medicate her (which is hell!!), but it turns out it was just symptoms of her laryngotracheamalacia! Sometimes i wonder where dr's get there licences...
Did he listen to her chest with a stethascope? Or check for ressecion that sort of thing? I would be getting a 2nd opinion as well. Maybe with your Paed if you have one.
If kids are wheezy for a prolonged period drs will often do a trial of ventolin to see if they respond. If they do, they are usually dx asthmatic. However seems weird to dx after one visit and weird that the treatment would be tablets:confused: What kind? My 2 year old is on ventolin by spacer and flixotide- both puffers. I would prob get a 2nd opinion.
I would get a referall to the paed. My gp wouldnt diagnose Asthma at all with about a dozen trips to him for DS's symptoms, he said that he himself wouldnt diagnose it in kids under 2 without a paed. He ordered a chest x ray and gave us a referral to the paed and it turned out though he presented like asthma he actually has recurrent viral bronchitis.
When we found out Kynan had asthma it was a matter of trial and error like glcksandthe3bears said. We have a family history of asthma so when the symptoms presented for 2 months the gp said the only way to find out was to do a trail with ventalin. The proper test for asthma can't be done until 6 or 7 so before that it is just a treat and see aproach. But the tablets is what I don't understand. My 4 year old won't swall tablets how would a 2 year old?
Whilst this is not true for all, the use of sulphites in food has been linked to asthma. For more information on this go to http://www.fedupwithfoodadditives.info/features/asthma/asthma1.htm and read the info here.
Would be glad to hear if this is helpful.
My 18m onth old has been prescribed tablets for possible asthma - they are called Singulair and are chewable. They are non-steroidal. He glady chews them and thinks it is a treat! My doctor told me doctors are reluctant to diagnose asthma until at least two, often much later as they need a much longer history of breathing difficulties to know for sure. He listened to DS's chest, heard how his cough sounds and talked about his history and family history. I would definitely see another doctor if this was not done. Asthma drugs can be prescribed for breathing difficulties not caused by asthma eg some viral infections can cause inflammation in the lungs which can be reduced by asthma drugs.
My DD was in and out of hospital with breathing problems from about 13mths old and was not formally diagnosed with asthma untill she ended up in INTENSIVE CARE on a ventolin infusion. There is no family history and she is not allergic to anything which is why they wouldnt say she had asthma.
Now we see a specialist every 3 months and she has been put on SINGULAIR tablets every day now over the colder months. She was on FLEXOTIDE(sp?)for 10mths but our specialist said there is no clear evidence that it actually makes a difference in under 2's for preventing a severe epposide. They have to be over 2yo to take the singulaire tablets.
My DD nearly died because they couldnt decide that she need to be treated for asthma so if i was you i would get a second opinion! My DD will probably grow out of her asthma by the time she is 7 because she has viral triggers not allergic triggers. :fingerscrossed:!!! she has already been in hospital for almost a week this year and i hope she doesnt have to go threw that for her whole life!
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