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    Default Asthma testing is children

    Sorry if this is in the wrong spot.
    It seems my DD (4.5yrs) has some sort of asthma. Since about 3yrs old she developed a cough. Its usually only in the winter and its worse when she runs around or has a cold. Shes currently on ventolin and it works if shes having a mild coughing fit. Recently she was so bad i nearly took her to the ER. She coughed all day and night for 4 days. Some times coughing until she gagged. At this point the ventolin didnt do anything.

    We have tried a preventer (singulair) and she had so many terrible side effects i took her off it straight away. We ended up in the ER with her temp at 43 degrees, she was crying all the time, complaining of sore ears, throat, chest. It was terrible.

    So i agree it is asthma but i really dont like the idea of treating her and now knowing for sure.

    So for those with kids with asthma, what tests (if any) can be done to confirm that is is asthma??

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    Hi there

    There are no tests that can determine asthma other than the symptoms and how she responds to ventolin. I would suggest getting a referral to an asthma specialist. Don't worry about treating her with ventolin you can't overdose on it and it won't harm her if it turns out not to be asthma, although it sounds like it is. Your GP can also prescribe Prednisolone (an oral steroid) for when she's having a bad spell. There's a lot if good advice in the below section on BH.

    http://www.bubhub.com.au/community/f...eathing-Issues

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    Asthma doesn't cause fevers or a sore throat, except obviously when it's strained from excessive coughing.
    Under the age of 5 they don't usually diagnose as asthma but bronchialitis, they will provide a preventer though.
    I took my twins to 3 different doctors who said unless they had an attack or it was getting severe to bring them back once they'd turned 5 and they do a lung capacity test.

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    If it was asthma Ventolin should have worked, do you use a spacer? Has she been prescribed an inhaler as a preventer? Singular isn't standard first line treatment.

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    - Yes Ventolin should help if it is asthma. The only time that ventolin has difficulty in working is if they can't breathe already! Are you sure the new bout of coughing isn't something else, like whooping cough?

    - Singulair should NOT be the first choice of preventer. It can have many severe side effects. How odd that you have prescribed this as a first choice.

    - spirometry is used to diagnose asthma, but it isn't usually used until about 7yo as they need to follow specific breathing instructions so it can be quite difficult.

    - I'd recommend a visit to the GP, preferably not the one that prescribed singulair.

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    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ask to be referred to a Respiratory Specialist. Often family doctors are not experienced enough with asthma and down play its seriousness. Our five and a half year old daughter died at home from an asthma attack last year. She had been discharged from the RCH less than 24 hours before because they thought she was well enough to go home. Asthma can take a very serious turn, VERY quickly. From the time our little girl came downstairs and said she felt unwell to the time she passed away was around ten minutes. I called the ambulance as soon as she vomited, and she was gone less than five minutes later, despite me trying to give her Ventolin and then do CPR on her. I never ever want another family to go through what we went through that night and will continue to go through for the rest of our lives.
    Our daughter was under the care of the Respiratory Team at the RCH, but even they down played her condition. I PLEAD with you to seek a second, third and fourth opinion if you are not happy with the treatment that your daughter is receiving. I'm sorry if this has scared you, but if I achieve only one thing throughout the rest of my life, I want it to be to make parents/teachers aware that asthma is a VERY SERIOUS condition that can kill in a VERY SHORT time. Please get specialist help for your little girl.

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    Thank you all. I have been thinking i need to get her in to see a specialist.
    CMF. Not its not whooping cough. The last time she had this cough (about 6 months ago) they did a whooping cough test and it was negative. Its exactly the same cough. I felt horrible that i didnt read the side effects for 'singulair' before giving it to her. After reading the side effect (after the hospital visit) i realised what was happening and took her off it straight away. I never knew it shouldnt have been given as a first choice.

    NGIAZ... Yes i have a spacer and the ventolin works if shes having a mild coughing fit but it usually only lasts an hour or so before she starts coughing again.

    SIANSMUM...thank you for sharing your story. I appreciate your honesty. Im so sorry for your loss i cant imagine how that must have been for you. I will be seeking out a specialist ASAP.

    Thanks all.

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    I went to my trusted GP this week with my ds who had Croup. He's also had a chronic cough and I asked him how to work out if it's Asthma. He's given me the details of specialists to get an appt to see about possible Asthma. He thinks testing/etc will be useful in his case and he recommends getting a specialist to sort it out.

    As for Singulair my neice takes it and it makes a big difference for her. I haven't had it for my ds, so I don't know the side effects, but clearly in some kids it works well.


 

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