my son is 5 and we have had trouble with sinus and cough, today we were told it was asthma and that he has major sinitus infection, so we are on augmentin for 14 days and also cingular once a day and are to used his neb, with pulmicort in it. arent steriods bad for kids.we have a neb becasue he has had bronchitis and pneumonia.
are we doing the right thing. is it safe it is .5 mg.
I am confused on all this. we did goto an allergist.
the sinus x ray was horrible. I feel so bad, she says that the sinus has been bad for quite sometime
inhaled steroids are among the most effective drugs in curbing inflammation in a child's tiny airways -- children are way more at risk for serious side effects due to asthma since their airways are so small. The fact that pulmicort is inhaled makes sure the majority of it ends up in the lungs and has an effect on the lungs.
I'd personally be glad his asthma is not so bad he does not need the big guns -- pediapred or prednisone. those can have very harmful side-effects on the body.
Talk to your dr. about reducing dosage. The important part is to make sure he's taking the smallest dose necessary.
the thing about asthma is it only gets worse if you don't start treating the inflammation somehow. They usually use cromolyn sodium or something smoother for younger children to use since the steroids can affect their growth a little bit but steroids are still the best possible treatment for inflammation we have today -- for severe inflammation the steroids are almost required. It's better than pediapred.
I have a 4 year old who is also currently taking singulair and pulmicort. He has tried the chromolyn and it did nothing. He has been really bad lately with pneumonia where he has had to use the pediapred with the pulmicort. The pulmicort is definitly much better for them than pediapred. My son is miserable on pediapred. Also have a five and a half year old who had BAD sinus problems with his asthma and allergies and he would have to do up to 6 courses of antibiotics to get rid of infection. They eventually took his adenoids out and he has hardly had any trouble since. I know you worry about the side effects but its better than them not being able to breathe.