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    Does anyone's child have asthma? If so, what were the symptoms that lead up to the diagnosis? How old were they when diagnosed?
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    Yes. Coughing fits. Coughing fits that would wake him up. Coughing fits that would sometimes cause him to vomit. A whistling sound when he breathed. Activity stopping to cough, or having to rest. Chest colds being severe.

    Both boys, one was just a baby. Whistling when he breathed, bad chest infections. The youngest was later maybe 5, over the Summer, allergy season.

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    John was diagnosed with asthma at age 2. He would wheeze, had frequent bouts of bronchitis, hospitalized twice with croup (23 1/2 hours a day under an oxygen tent and on nebulizer treatments for several days during each stay) and trouble catching his breath. Spent many a night putting his head in the door way of the freezer or taking him outside in the cold air to try an open his airways.

    His pediatrician suspected asthma and referred us to a specialist for a formal diagnosis. We went through allergy testing (the 25 needle pricks on his back) at the same time and he had no allergies, just asthma.

    John was fortunate that he eventually outgrew it. He has not had steroids or a nebulizer treatment in eight years and no inhaler in over two years. He is very active in sports, very physically active teen, runs 4 or so miles a day, lifts weights, plays football, etc...with no problems.
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    Two kids with asthma here (and Gabe). One started as a baby and one as an elementary school-aged child.

    One on nebulizer and the other on the pump inhaler.

    Symptoms for little guy were clear struggles with breathing. Wheezing, crying, gasping, coughing mostly at bedtime, labored breathing. He was on a nebulizer for much of his babyhood/toddler years (several treatments per day). No joke when I say it felt like all I did were treatments for a while. Now only when he has a cold or something triggers it. We know right away when to get the nebulizer. Well put it this way, it's always out, but he doesn't need daily treatments. He's 4 now.

    Symptoms for older child were struggling with breathing, dizziness, fingers tingling/numbing and allergy type symptoms (eyes, nose, throat). The breathing issues triggered anxiety/hyper venilating (feeling like they can't breathe, gasping and paranoia of suffocating or dying because they can't breathe normally). Now tends to only need the pump inhaler when allergies (bigger attack), stress, or smells trigger a mild attack. He's 12 now.

    With both kids it was obvious they were having asthma attacks. You could see it and hear it. But both were diagnosed.

    We have great hope that both will continue to improve. Zachary has shown some pretty hard workouts without incident, so I don't see it as being exercise-induced. We haven't had an opportunity to see how our little guy does in an active sport.

    With Gabe it's pets, dust and other allergies. Well I shouldn't entirely speak for him since as an adult he manages it and probably has more accurate things to say on it than I do.
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    Mine was adult onset, but one of the things I look back on that tells me I was having problems was the fact that every day at work, after walking through the cold weather, I would feel lousy, like I had the flu. I'd be stuffed up, headache-y, muscle aches, etc. It would last for a couple of hours and then clear up. Other times, during cold weather season, I'd get "laryngitis" for a week or so. My throat would tighten up quite a bit and I'd loose my voice.

    The day I figured something was really wrong was January 2 a few years back. It was the day after a major snowstorm with 6 degree weather and windchill. I waited outside for the buses for over an hour total. Three buses. Each a bit late. Then entered a heated building and promptly started hyperventilating for 45 minutes.

    Those are some other types of reactions to watch out for.
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    I was convinced that my husband had asthma, and he'd say it was only allergies. I thought he was in denial. He would only have breathing issues at home. I'm glad that they do allergy testing before diagnosis because that's how we found out he is allergic to our dog.
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    My oldest has asthma (in fact, you've probably seen me complaining about it on FB lately )

    He was diagnosed just after his 6th birthday. He'd never had any symptoms. At all.

    Then, at his six year well check he was given the FluMist vaccine (the live one through his nose). 24 hours later he was almost admitted to the hospital (the only reason the ped didn't send us to hospital was because he knew DH was flying out that night and he didn't want me in the hospital with younger son all night by myself).

    It started out as basic flu like symptoms, and then I noticed his breathing was very very labored and he was almost gasping for breath. It took two rounds of steroids and almost round the clock nebulizer treatments for that episode to end.

    Now, he has an episode a couple of times per year. It starts out as wheezing (put ear to his back, you can hear it pretty well, even if there isn't any audible whistling when he breaths). Sometimes we can control it with his rescue inhaler, most of the time we have to break out the nebulizer. About half the time, he requires oral steroids.

    Every cold he gets kicks his @$$ and settles in his lungs. Thankfully he rarely gets colds.

    I can not prove that the vaccine caused his asthma, but after all of the reading and researching I've done, I'm convinced it did something to damage his lungs

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    I have asthma and 3 of our 6 children have asthma!
    Ive had it since birth, our oldest has had it since birth, out 17yo has it mildly since about 8yo and our 13yo has had it since birth!
    All of our's are triggered by animals, all parfumes and smelly lotions, certain plants blooming and some cleaning chemicals.
    We are professionals with rescue inhalers, steroids of any form and nebulizers!
    I've had to raise hell at the schools so much for having to go get one (or more) of them on a neb. treatement because of some idiot kid bathing in their parfume or cologne, I've even had to go retrieve the poor things off the bus from an attack from kids getting on the bus who'd just smoked pot UGH!
    Ive successfully gotten parfumes banned from our middle school after 8 years of fighting it!
    The High School is my next fight LOL....The symptoms our kiddo's had and still have are fighting to breath, tight chested, wheezing white discoloration around their mouths, coughing fits, severe allergic reactions to cleaning products, animals, blooming plants and all parfumed products from shampoo's to laundry soaps and lotions!

    Hot coffee is great for asthma, the steam helps open the airways and the caffine helps in some wierd way too! We keep vaporizers round the house with eucalyptus oil in them all the time, if your asthmatic sleeping propped up helps, also sleeping on your right side with your arm up helps open the airways a bit, laying on your left side with arm up helps for a more productive cough when your sick, vicks vapo rub on the feet covered with socks will usually stop the coughing unless it's productive.
    Asthma sucks.

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    Mine was adult onset. I can here myself wheeze and whistle. Mine is brought on by smells and exercise. I've been put in the hospital so many times my Dr has papers written up to put me in the hospital.(standing orders) I've been in full code where the ambulance only made it to the hospital across the street.(I don't like that one) Asthma is horrible. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. It is also something you should never ignore.
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    Mine has been diagnosed as a "brittle" asthmatic, so far the only trigger is viral. Apparently this gives her greater odds of growing out of it, but it also makes it near impossible to control (short of putting her in a bubble). She can go from first sniffle to emergency in under two hours, with no noticeable relief from ventolin. She is now on daily steroids, with the intent of slowing down the progression enough to be able to manage it at home. So far it seems to be helping, she hasn't been in the ER since September.

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    sadly you never 'outgrow' asthma you can be 'asthma free' but if you have it as a child (i always heard you can out grow it- and thought I did----found out it's not true), I had it as a child-stopped having issues when I was 15) and when I moved back 7 yrs ago to AL started having issues again.(yeah pine trees and strange cats. which is actually a bit odd as I had cats as a child-outside ones and being around them never bother me)
    my dd doesn't have it, ds (thanks to the cat we let inside developed symptoms-) doc said no cat so cat left- it didn't stop others coming around though. she's not diagnosed him with it (it will follow you being labeled asthmatic) she treats 'asthma like symptoms'.
    his symptoms were: wheezing, rattling in chest (put your ear to ds's back listen to his lungs- do you hear a wheeeeeeeeeeeezzzee sound?), bronchitis (several bouts) sinus infections (I don't recall ever having them as a child but the doc said it was related). breathing affected by cold, running, overexertion (of any sort), dust(mom wiped down my room twice a day when i was a child to help prevent attacks/mold spores, cat dander (thank goodness we aren't allergic to buddy) dog dander, certain foods (speaking from experience I had several 'regular' foods put me in hospital- could eat them one time and not next... my auntie refused to even give me water when I stayed with her when she gave me a peanutbutter cracker and it caused an attack- ah fond memories). smoking(people who smoked were asked kindly to stay outside or i'd have to go to my room and mom would air the house after visit-they didn't smoke inside just the smell on their clothes), fragrances-strong (zanzabar perfume put me in hospital for several days every time i got a big enough whiff would start the coughing-then hello ambulance ride).
    ds was 8-9 when he started showing symptoms. so i called and asked my mom about my first asthma diagnosis she said I was about 9 mths old when I first went to dr for breathing problems
    my db's bil developed adult onset asthma which eventually proved fatal.

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    My DD has asthma. When she was a toddler, she was hospitalized twice with just a cold. Then she was formally diagnosed at about age 6.

    Her most obvious symptom was nighttime coughing. Still is.

    We use a peak flow meter to monitor her, because she often does not recognize an asthma attack at all until it's severe. Though she's getting better at recognizing it as she gets older.

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    My son was diagnosed with asthma at 3-1/2, but I don't believe it's accurate. He was sent to the ER, then PICU, and spent 4 days in the hospital with an acute episode brought on by a cold. One year later, we landed in the ER with the same thing, and they called it reactive airway. Other than those two incidents, he hasn't had any other issues. He does have a rescue inhaler and a neb, but we generally don't use them unless he has a cold for a couple of days as a preventative. My theory, which my doctor agrees with, is that since he was born 3-1/2 weeks premature, his lungs are a little behind developmentally, but should catch up. He's now 5 and it's been over a year since we've last had any sort of episode, though we did use his neb once this winter when he had a cold for over a week.

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    I have asthma and my symptoms were slightly unorthodox: a lot of yawning, and central upper chest pain. I only had wheezing rarely. I had NO idea that yawning was a symptom of asthma but it is!

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    want to correct:
    stray cats[not strange], ds developed issues{not cats}.

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