Albuterol inhaler tips & tricks?

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Re : Albuterol inhaler tips & tricks?

Postby jmom08 » Fri Sep 11, 2009 02:12 pm

I hope she gets better quickly (& hope she is better today)!!

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Re : Albuterol inhaler tips & tricks?

Postby trish » Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:39 am

Thanks all. We have a nebulizer now with a duck mask & today is day 3 of treatments. She has RSV/bronchiolitis & still fights the treatments before eventually resigning to them. But it's still a 2 person job. She is remarkable strong for someone not quite 20 lbs!! But distracting her with the Tinkerbell movie has worked pretty good. We've got Xopenex which unfortunately hypes her up at least as much as the albuterol did if not more. We're all operating on very little sleep.

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Re : Albuterol inhaler tips & tricks?

Postby jmom08 » Thu Sep 10, 2009 10:35 am

Hi Trish, we were prescribed the albuterol inhaler & spacer for the first time when DS was about that age. (I am surprised to read that he was too young!) I did have to hold it on him a few times while he was screaming, but when we used it around 6mos later, he cooperated much better. Once I was able to get him involved in counting while the mask was on, he was much more cooperative -- I think it made him feel less scared / more in control. We only had to use it when he was sick the last two winters, and haven't used it now for about 9 mos. I wonder what determines whether a pediatrician prescribes the inhaler vs. nebulizer?
I need to look into the animal masks, that would definitely have helped!

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Re : Albuterol inhaler tips & tricks?

Postby theartsymom » Wed Sep 09, 2009 11:34 pm

we used pulmicort in addition to the albuterol
there are also cool animal shaped masks- there is a dragon one, a fish and something else- we let dd chose the plain one or the animal one when she needs the nebulizer.

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Re : Albuterol inhaler tips & tricks?

Postby adgirl » Wed Sep 09, 2009 12:34 am

We have dealt a lot with the coughing fits and throwing up at night with my son. We did lots of different medications and nothing seemed to help him much except for liquid orapred. They don't like to give it very often, but my son took it probably 5 or more times each year. He is 5 now and probably only gets sick that badly once or twice a year, so it does get better.

As far as the neb - we used to sit in front of Baby Einstein and hold him and hold the make in front of his face. Did not put the strap on his head. But, he really LOVED TV so this worked great for him.

Good luck - I feel for you - it is really, really hard to deal with this phenomenon in a little kiddo. No one really understood what we were dealing with and would ask if we had tried decongestant, cough medicine, etc... um, yeah - tried it - nothing helps!!! We were in the ER at least once a year with him. Sorry it's not much advice, but you're not alone! And again, it will get better! Just don't be afraid to take that baby in to get treated if you need to!

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Re : Albuterol inhaler tips & tricks?

Postby kellikbock » Tue Sep 08, 2009 01:52 pm

Sorry that you are having a tough time. I have had asthma since my life began, and now my children need breathing treatments during illness' as well. My son had RSV at five months & that is when he started. With my other two, whenever they have gotten congested/ill we use the neb. every 2-4hrs. w/ albuterol and/or oral steriod if it is really bad. As cruel as it sounds, we hold them at first and watch something on TV (pretty loudly) & they eventually calm down. Humidifiers are a BIG no no with kids w/ asthma or allergies. It is better to sit with them a while in the bathroom (door shut) with a steam shower running. Humidifiers allow moisture in the bedrooms that can cause mold/mildew to grow causing greater problems w/ kids that have that allergy. So, be careful & good luck!

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Re : Albuterol inhaler tips & tricks?

Postby missgamecock » Mon Sep 07, 2009 02:43 pm

Also, hold the mask over her even if she is screaming. Screaming gets the medicine in deeper to the lungs. That's what our pulmonologist told us. Who are you seeing for her asthma. I highly suggest you get in with a specialist. Most FP and Peds think that they can handle it when in fact they can't. Went through that with Kirsten and REFUSED to go through that with Cate. I love our FP doctor to death and she is very knowlegeable. I flat out went and got Cate scheduled under an allergy specialist, who then referred us to an ENT and then referred us to a pulmonologist. Who knows how long it would have been before we found out she had huge adenoids and tracheomalacia. Just like PE, YOU have to be the child's advocate and let the drs know what does and doesn't work.

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Re : Albuterol inhaler tips & tricks?

Postby trish » Mon Sep 07, 2009 08:38 am

Thanks you ladies. She hasn't been diagnosed with asthma but she had 2 sinus infections last winter, several EI's & then RSV. We're new to Oklahoma & I think the new allergens up here are hitting all of us *hard*. I had skin testing done in late spring because I was so miserable & sick a lot.

She did eventually sleep with just coughing periodically. But no more awake & crying too. We've been up for the day for nearly an hour though. DH is back in bed - he slept out on the couch beside her in the carseat while I got to sleep in bed. But we sure need a better solution - we can't keep sleeping in shifts while she suffers.

I'll let y'all know what we find out from the Ped tomorrow.

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Re : Albuterol inhaler tips & tricks?

Postby ladybug76135 » Mon Sep 07, 2009 02:06 am

Ali's way too young for an inhaler. She really needs a nebulizer to have any chance of getting the medication deep enough to do any good for her. Both of my boys have asthma and it was around 4 when my oldest switched to an inhaler with spacer and my 3.5 year old still uses the nebulizer most of the time (we do carry the inhaler and spacer when we're away from home).

Sounds like it may be time to ramp up the regime. A lot of kids with asthma have allergies and you have to help suppress the immune system and stop the cycle. Our maintenance regime includes a steroid nasal spray, anti-histamine, leukotrine inhibitor, and a steroid inhaler. I know it's a ton of drugs, but it's what we have to do to breathe! On the maintenance plan, we don't have to use albuter. Only if they get a cold or sinus infection do we have to use albuterol and/or oral steroids (usually 2-3 times each winter). I would sit down and have a serious conversation with the pediatrician about managing this a little tighter or getting a referral to a pulmonologist.

Good luck. Asthma is exhausting for both mom and kiddo.

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Re : Albuterol inhaler tips & tricks?

Postby love_the_daschies » Mon Sep 07, 2009 01:08 am

I'm sorry you & Ali are having such a hard time. I know when the meds don't work for me - it's time for steroids - maybe this is an option? Hope things take a turn for the better soon!


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