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Old 02-09-2005, 03:18 PM   #1
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Question Orapred concerns

My 9 month old daughter has had a chronic cough since OCT 04. Long story short--doctors are trying to rule out asthma/allergies. She started wheezing in mid-January. She was put on Albuterol / nebulizer treatments last week along with an antibiotic for an ear infection. The breathing treatments are helping, but she is still wheezing. The cough always gets better while she is on antibiotics (this is her 4th ear infection)

Today they put her on Zantac (to rule out reflux, doctor said reflux can cause upper respiratory symptoms?), Orapred (for wheezing) a different antiobiotic (for ears) & she is still on albuterol. This is a lot of meds for a little baby IMO? I started her on all meds except the Orapred. The side effects are a little scary! Anyone else?

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Old 03-04-2005, 06:10 PM   #2
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Re: Orapred concerns

Your story sounds like ours. Our son is now 7 years old. Before he was one, he developed reflux, had 10 ear infections(at 10 months, spent 10 days in the hospital on an IV antibiotic) and, before he was two, asthma. The reflux went away with meds, the asthma we are still struggling with. I know you didn't ask about the ear infections, but I wanted to pass this on:
Our son has had 30+ ear infections(probably 50+ antibiotics), two sets of tubes, and adenoids removed. When we took him to the doctor, he often seemed to improve before we thought the antibiotic had time to work. We have heard and read more recently about doctors who choose not to treat ear infections with antibiotics...that they often take care of themselves. We recently had an infectious disease specialist tell us this, also. About 3 weeks ago, we decided to try it. He had an ear ache in the middle of the night and we decided not to take him in. Now, three weeks later, it seems to have cleared up on its own.
ONE WORD OF WARNING: If you try this, HAVE SOME NUMBING DROPS AT HOME. Your pediatrician can prescribe them.

Old 03-05-2005, 05:40 AM   #3
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Re: Orapred concerns

Orapred is to treat inflammation of the airway, one of the two components in asthma/reactive airway responses. (albuterol treats bronchoconstriction - the other component). It is a lot of meds but she may need them. If, after 24-36 hours or so, she does not improve with the new antibiotic and the med for reflux, I would seriously consider giving her the orapred.

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