Thursday, January 17, 2013


About a year and a half ago we started going to an allergy/asthma specialist for Sam. We now have a better handle on his allergies/asthma (although not officially diagnosed with asthma yet, because he's too young...) symptoms and what to do for them.

Sam takes a dose of children's Benadryl and a dose of budesonide in his nebulizer every night. This keeps his congestion to a minimum and his airways relaxed and open. In the morning we give him a dose of children's Allegra.

About once a month we have a period of 3-4 days where he coughs A LOT! None of us sleep well and he'll miss a day of school. I think the coughing is from drainage and it would be much reduced if we could get him to stop sniffing and to spit out the "yuck" instead of keeping it in.

I still don't think we have this all figured out because of the coughing period once a month. Since he's so young it's going to take some trial and error to figure it all out.

Some of the problem is due to him being in preschool now too. Germs are everywhere there.

November through March seems to be the worst time for his symptoms and with a house full of carpeting, it just keeps the dust, pet hair and such trapped and floating around more. I'm hoping that once we pull up all the carpeting (June) and put down laminate we'll notice a difference.

These are the days I wish I had had more of a science aptitude and had gone into medicine.

1 comment:

Connie said...

I think you are on the right track by pulling the carpeting. If it IS indoor allergies, he spends more time indoors in the winter, playing down on the floor, right? Will he build up a resistance to the allergy medication if you give it every day?