Antibiotics & Answers for Toddlers
Ear infections, head colds, stomach flus, misc. viruses and most recently, pneumonia.... But this is not unusual for a 19 month-old. Or is it?
Well, according to my doc, it depends on alot of factors (including genetics and environment) and sending her to daycare tends to make her more susceptible to illness. Makes sense. But still, in my heart, I knew it wasn't normal and that I want nothing else for my child to be healthy and happy. So we asked to see a specialist. A pulmonary pediatric specialist. You ask and you shall receive.
Last week, we made the trip to Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St. Vincent's in Indianapolis. I was nervous and anxious as I awaited answers instead of more antibiotics. Let's face it - a coughing, weezing on-again, off-again ill wee one is not normal.
After sitting down with a doctor, who I identified as not being much, if at all older than me (how am I old enough to be the same age as our doctors, anyways?!), answers came in the form of a "diagnosis." Part of me wanted the doctor to tell me I was crazy and that I just have a typical (whatever that means!) 19-month toddler. But unfortunatley, that wasn't the case.
My Sweet Baby RayRay is being treated for asthma with two different types of inhalers 6 to 8 times a day. Ugh! The good news is - it's not a life sentence. Since they can't actually diagnose asthma until age 3, we don't know if she actually has asthma, she just has the clinical symptoms that are treatable. So treatable in fact that if we treat her now, we could prevent her from having asthma later on. Hopefully, in 3 months, at our follow-up appointment, he will notice an improvement in her breathing so much so that we could reduce her breathing treatments. Not only, an improvement in her breathing, but in her overall health - because what we didn't understand before was that her respiratory issues were making her more susceptible to catching other bacterial and viral infections. Good. to. know.
As mothers, it can certainly be frustrating to watch your children struggle with illness (esp. ones that makes it difficult to breathe normally) - there is only so much you can do. But you can be sure of one thing - this momma will do whatever it takes to ensure my child has the best environmental for a healthy (allergen/dust free ... which is pretty darn hard when you live on a farm!) childhood.
Do you have children with asthma? Even, toddlers with asthma?