Discussions that mention albuterol

Children's Health board

Hi Badkat~
I am not a professional by any means so this is just my thoughts. My son coughed continuously from when he was 4 months old.......well, it seemed like every night! He couldn't sleep --I would take him to the ER constantly. I was a new, first time mom and was clueless to a lot back then or I wouldn't have let it linger as long without some serious answers. They would give him a breathing treatment (usually albuterol) and send him home with the "broncholitis" diagnosis. I cannot count the times this happened. I finally was told when he was a little under 1 that he had "infantile asthma". I proceeded to find a specialist at that point. I learned along the way that there still are a lot of people who don't suspect asthma if they don't hear wheezing. He is now 12 and has taken preventative meds for his viral asthma which has progressively improved the infrequency of his attacks. There have been times that I have been forced to take him to the ER because his meds weren't helping---and I have been told more than once that they don't hear wheezing so he must just have a cold (the cough)

I am telling you this long story to let you know that many asthmatics cough (but don't wheeze) and I have known people who have similar coughing spells from allergies.

BTW, sorry that I asked the stupid question about allergies when you had already said that in the beginning! Sometimes, I wonder about my brain........... :D

[This message has been edited by *SoccerMom* (edited 07-02-2003).]
My oldest son was born 5 wks early and had pneumonia several times before his first birthday (including after birth). My doctor wrote a prescription for a breathing machine and albuterol by the time he was 8 months old. He's 4 1/2 now and when he gets a cold, it still goes to his chest.

When he gets bad allergies (usually in Spring & Fall), he gets the croup cough overnight.

All I have to do is dig out the breathing machine and after 3-5 days of breathing treatments, he's back to normal.

Depending on your insurance coverage, ask your doctor about writing a prescription for a breathing machine. We've certainly gotten use out of ours. It beats spending hours in a crowded ER.