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Old 10-22-2004, 03:20 PM   #5
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Re: Kids with Asthma

Hi,

I was diagnosed with allergic asthma at age 3. I'm sorry your son is having a rough time.

I work with a lot of preschool children with asthma. Standard regimen in our area is Zyrtec and Singulair. Singulair is doing well for a lot of our children. For those who don't respond to it, Zyrtec, flovent inhaler. Albuterol inhaler or neb as needed for all of them, but Zyrtec with either Singulair or Flovent inhaler daily.

I would ask your pediatrician for a referral to an allergy/asthma doc. You need a referral only if your insurance requires it, but trust me when I say that there are specialists that are more competent than others. I wouldn't just go to one without knowing something. Other sources of referral to a GOOD asthma/allergy doc might include your pharmacist. If you have a Head Start program in your area, call and ask to speak with their Health Coordinator. (I work with a Head Start program - we know who the good allergy/asthma docs are in our area).