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I have just been through this with my 15 month old. He had a very nasty sounding cough for a month.

The first doctor visit she said he had bronchitis, perscribed Zirthomax, the second he sound "wheezy" so she perscribed Albuterol.
Then last week, we went back yet again, because he did not respond to the Albuterol. She did an xray of the chest to make sure there was no pneumonia (sp??) and it was negative. She said that we should try a nebulizer with Xopenex. I guess the other meds need to circulate through the body, and with this treatment, it would go straight to the lungs.
It worked like a charm. The cough is now completely gone.
If the Xopenex worked for him - then I would say you are close to your asthma diagnosis.
I would suggest you seeing a pulmonologist to get him tested.
Quote from hrtofluv:
If the Xopenex worked for him - then I would say you are close to your asthma diagnosis.
I would suggest you seeing a pulmonologist to get him tested.


Really? we had our checkup yesterday and the Pediatrician said he sounded fine and the we no longer need to use the nebulizer right now, but may in the future. Do you really think it could be asthma? We have no family history on either side and he seems fine now? Should I take the wait and see approach or go ahead and find out one way or another? (yes he is my first and only)
Quote from trian1:
Really? we had our checkup yesterday and the Pediatrician said he sounded fine and the we no longer need to use the nebulizer right now, but may in the future. Do you really think it could be asthma? We have no family history on either side and he seems fine now? Should I take the wait and see approach or go ahead and find out one way or another? (yes he is my first and only)


Xopenex really only works for asthmatics, but some doctors will prescribe it for bronchitis, because essentially - asthma is bronchitis, in a way. Bronchitis literally means inflammation of the bronchi, and that's what asthma is also. True bronchitis, however, will go away eventually (except in the case of smokers who may develop chronic bronchitis).

If there is no family history of asthma or allergies on either side of the family, there is a 6% chance that he has asthma. A low percentage, I know, but still significant. Is there any family history of eczema or any other allergic problems?

Personally, I think you should take the 'wait and see' approach. Kids tend to get infections because their immune systems aren't fully developed. If he continues to do well, then it's unlikely that he has asthma, but if this becomes an ongoing or recurrent problem, definitely get a referral to an allergist for allergy/asthma testing.