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asthmatic kid

My 7 years-old daughter was diagnosed with asthma. Now I'm desperately looking for info about asthmatics because I don't know anything about this. I thought it would never touch me, but I was wrong.
I read tones of articles about asthma, and I need your advice. I need to buy a purifier. I know, that there are special air-purifiers for this case, so I need one of them. What things should I know about this disease as a parent? If you have asthmatic kid please, share your experience!
Thanks in advance
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I assume she was seen by a specialist or pediatrician?
One of my kid has a mild case, often coughs after running and was prescribed two different types of inhaler medication.

There's a good chance they can grow out of it.
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I'm not sure about growing out of it, but there are definitely different levels of the disease, and it can certainly be controlled with a combination of medication and exercise depending on its severity.

I was diagnosed with asthma when I was 3 or 4. It's never gone away, but you wouldn't know I have it unless you asked.

Mine is a mild case. It's triggered by allergies, illness, and exercise. Until about 10 years ago I was extremely unfit. Throughout my childhood, a walk down the street would cause me to reach for my inhaler. I took a steroidal inhaler twice a day, and carried a rescue inhaler everywhere I went. My blow tests at my yearly lung specialist appointment never hit the minimum expected line. The minimum, not the average. Ever.

10 years ago, I changed my lifestyle for other reasons. I was severely overweight, hypertensive, and generally just unfit. I increased my fitness level, improved my diet, lost a ton of weight, and in the 10 years since I've trained for and run ~10 half marathons and 2 marathons at better than average paces. I haven't used an inhaler in about 5 years. But I still have one. I bring it with me for long runs and races, and it's around just in case for when I'm sick and said illness hits my lungs. My lungs still seize up and cause me to gasp a bit after I've completed a half or full marathon race because of how hard I push myself during a race. I have 0 lung issues during training runs, though, even in a peak marathon training week.

But I still fail the blow tests. My lung capacity is still absolute crap. I still don't meet the minimum for an average male.

It can be controlled, but I don't suspect she'll "grow out of it".

Anyway ... I don't know much about what type of purifier to buy as I never used one. If your home or area is dry (if you're in Dallas, I suspect it is), though, a humidifier will help a lot.

If your child has been prescribed aerosol inhalers (not powder), get a spacer. It's actually pretty difficult to properly use a aerosol inhaler without one, particularly for a child. You have to hold the inhaler about 6 inches from the mouth and breath in as you squeeze the aerosol. You can end up losing a bunch of medication to the air or in your mouth; if you bring the inhaler too close to her mouth or put it in her mouth entirely, she'll actually lose most of the medication to her mouth, tongue, and throat rather than breathing it into the lungs. The inhaler doesn't do anything unless the medication enters the lungs, and the spacers will help reduce the amount of medication that gets deposited in the mouth before it hits the lungs. It will also help spread out the duration of the medication's entrance to the lungs. It basically helps one use it properly.
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My 6yr old was diagnosed with asthma last year when his condition worsened in 2 days after getting the flu. He was hospitalized for 4 days during which we met a specialist to talk about asthma and come up with an action plan. He had to use a steroid inhaler morning and night for 3 months, then was evaluated in June if he could stop over the summer because it was just a mild case. He has had not episode in those 3 months and didn't have to use the Ventolin at all, no coughs, etc. So his pediatrician thought it was safe to stop the steroid, but keep the Ventolin handy. A few days after he stopped, he caught the flu. Morning he was doing a show at school, by afternoon he had high fever and was wheezing. Went straight to Children's hospital, half a day in ER, and a day after being admitted he wasn't doing better and was deteriorating. Spent 4 more days in PICU on noninvasive ventilation. When he got better, his steroid inhaler was changed to a stronger one, and he has to take it everyday, no stopping. He also is seen by a specialist now.

This is not to scare you but to show you how quickly things can deteriorate if not treated quickly. If your daughter has asthma, you should have an action plan. This is what we were given from the specialist so maybe talk to her pediatrician or specialist if she has one, about it. The action plan tells you what to do when she has a simple cough, or cold symptoms, when to start Ventolin, frequency, when to go see a doctor, when to go to ER. You can see a few example if you Google, your daughter will need her own customized action plan. As soon as my son has a cough, or runny nose, or we suspect a cold, we give him Ventolin and we monitor. We carry the Ventolin everywhere we go, especially when he has physical activities.

When he was hospitalized, the test revealed that he might be allergic to something, and could trigger asthma, So he did some allergy test too and found out he's allergic to dust mites. We took some measures at home like using pillow and mattress protectors, vacuuming more frequently, etc. We have an air purifier installed that came with the house when we bought it. Not sure if it's helping or not. For us following the action plan is what has been working the most.
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Thread was started by a spammer, but I'm leaving it up because the advice can be of benefit to other members.

My son had mild asthma as child and he's more or less outgrown it (although he does suffer from seasonal and cat allergies as an adult). One thing my doctor said was to encourage him to be as active as possible so that his lungs are "exercised". It's easy for someone to become sedentary if it's a struggle to take in enough air when they are exerting themselves.
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I use to be an asthmatic kid. I did “grow out” of it for the most part. What did stay with me is a lingering dry cough that randomly flares up during certain times of year. Some years there’s no cough at all. If you want to help your child get a air purifier ( non ozone generating ), remove all carpets in the home, avoid owning pets with hair, avoid using strong smelling perfumes or cleaning supplies, and wear face coverings in cold weather. That’s all that I can remember off hand.

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