Grayson has a cough so often that it is difficult for me to remember times when he did not. It varies greatly in severity but usually is present when he is sleeping at night. Recently, his cough took a turn for the worse and became louder and more frequent and was accompanied by wheezing. He spiked a fever of 103 degrees. It was time to call his doctor. His doctor assessed him and feared he may have the beginning of pneumonia. After a chest x-ray, it was determined that he did not have pneumonia but had bronchitis. He had several breathing treatments at the doctor’s office which loosened some of the tightness in his chest. We left with a prescription for an inhaler to be done every four hours and an antibiotic.
He did not improve very much. On his next visit, he had more breathing treatments and was prescribed a nebulizer machine and medication and a short course of steroids. The nebulizer and steroid treatment showed a slight improvement in his symptoms. We continue to give him breathing treatments every four hours (until the doctor tells us to stop). This brings me back to when Grayson was in the NICU hooked up to tubes and leads and was so fragile. Now, he has such a positive attitude about his treatments. I wake him up in the middle of the night to administer a treatment and he is consistently in good spirits about it. He falls right back to sleep until his next treatment. We may be on the road to an asthma diagnosis if his history and family history is an indicator. For now, we will take it one treatment at a time.
Do your children have asthma? Have you done breathing treatments? I would love for you to share your stories in the comments.