Steroids, Nebulizers and Pneumonia Oh My!

My son is 6 years old and has had a cough that is deep and crackly. It has been lingering and worsening so I took him to the pediatrician. At first she said to use an albuterol inhaler, children’s Zyrtec and saline sinus spray to resolve it.

But 10 days later and the cough was just the same. So, I took him back in and she decided to add an oral steroid course and increase his albuterol. 3 days later and he’s still the same but he’s more tired, laying on the floor, falling asleep during the day, and started a low-grade fever.

This morning I kept him home and called the doctor. She ordered a chest x-ray and we’re waiting for results but it’s likely pneumonia or bronchitis. The poor guy doesn’t seem too miserable but he’s clearly ill. We’ll probably have to do nebulizer treatments for awhile on top of the course of antibiotics.

The crazy thing is, he went through the gamut of seasonal allergy testing a little over a year ago and everything came up negative so I’m more than a little confused.

Curious about when to identify if a cough is “doctor-worthy” and possibly asthma related, here are some tips:
• Wheezing
• Coughing, especially at night
• Shortness of breath
• Tightness in the chest
If your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, particularly after a cold or flu or right after exposure to the outdoors or extreme physical exertion, call your pediatrician for an evaluation.
To Your Health!
Emily Gamache, Holistic Health Coach<a


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