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3 Year Old Daughter on: breathing treatments?Breathing treatments: Albuterol, Pulmicort~ steroid, and more?

Posted by admin on April 27, 2011

Toddler Cough

3 Year Old Daughter on: breathing treatments?Breathing treatments: Albuterol, Pulmicort~ steroid, and more?
My daughter is only 3 years old. She got a really bad cold and cough, the whole family did, hers a little worse, we took her to the doctor for a check up, and he said she has a chronic cough, and maybe astma. I got worried because she was sick the she cough and cough and it sounded like she could not breath, the doctor prescribed albuterol, steroid, a home machine inhanler, and two other different inhalers, After giving her the prescribed items, my daughter statred vomitting non-stop, became extremley weak, tired, drowsy, under her eyes deep circles, extremley fuzzy…and not acting normal at all.

I honestly did not see the need for all the prescribed medication, all she has is a common cold/cough. she did not have breathing problems. I seen another doctor for a second opinion and he agreed with me there was no need for her to stay on al the medication the 1st doc prescribed.

My question, is –is this legal for the doctors to have given my 3 year old toddler these many medication??? and what can I do about it, as I’m extremely frustrated and upset, and my daughter has become worse not better, she looks like a very ILL child, vary pale, yellow tone, and under her eyes like she hasnt slept for days, and she lost over 9pounds in 4 days. ….from the medication……

thanks for you advice

Answer by Amanda S.
What the first doc did is what some of us call “lazy” practice. They hear that a person is congested or is coughing and will automatically order a breathing treatment. A breathing treatment will not help with the congestion or coughing…in some cases it may make the coughing worse. Which in your child’s situation, I believe that is what may have happened. Your judgement is right…she did not need the treatments….they are meant for asthmatics or those who have reversible airway constriction. Albuterol is a bronchodilator thus it helps with bronchoconstriction. Bronchoconstriction is when the smoothe muscle around the airways tighten up (constrict). Pulmicort is a steroid as you previously stated and it is used as an anti-inflammatory….sometimes docs do use it for coughing because the reason some people cough is because their throat is irritated/inflammed.

I have had the same issues as you did with the docs when I first started working at the new facility I am at. My job was to review orders, labs, x-rays, patient history,etc….and determine if the doctors were ordering nebs correctly. About 80% of the nebs ordered were done incorrectly. All the doctors were very compliant to my suggestion except for one. I couldn’t figure out a way to prove to him that nebs are meant for reversible airway constriction until my husband suggested calling the neb drug companies. I called the drug companies and explained to them how their drug was being used and they were appalled. They sent me documented research along with other papers saying what it should and should not be used for.

Anyway….my point for telling you all of this is that you may want to call Albuterol and talk to them about this…they are super nice. See if they can send you some documents that back you up. Make a copy to give to the doc and keep the original for yourself. Explain to the doc about how it affected your child and that it is not meant for colds.

By doing this you will have help to educate the dr and maybe save another child’s life.

Toddler Cough: 3 Year Old Daughter on: breathing treatments?Breathing treatments: Albuterol, Pulmicort~ steroid, and more?

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