I has never really thought about what could trigger asthma in a child, as both my daughters did not appear to suffer from asthma. Little did I know, I was wrong about that.
My last blog was about vaccines, and true to my word on my 5 year old's next doctor visit she did receive 3 vaccination shots. Needless to say she was not happy, but was very brave the whole visit! The biggest surprise of the visit was when we checked in, the receptionist handed me a form asking me to update my daughters asthma form. I was quite confused, since my daughter did not have asthma.
I took the form and told her I would need to talk to the doctor before completing the form. I sat back down and waited for our name to be called. Once we completed all the routine initial tasks of seeing the doctor, the doctor came in. after he finished doing her 5 year well-check, he asked the question, "Do you have any concerns?"
I asked him about the asthma form, he even seemed confused, wo he beagn researching ehr medical history. She has been seen since birth with various respiratory infections, ranging from mild to more serious pneumonia. We had just been to the doctor 2 weeks prior for pneumonia, he listened to her lungs and confirmed her lungs were still a bit squeaky. He determined at that visit that she did suffer from a mild asthma that mainly became active when she began experiencing any type of chest cold. So, I complete the asthma form and left with prescriptions for 2 inhalers, one preventive and one for emergencies.
She may grow out of it or it could become worse, so we now have to wait and see. I am now keeping an asthma diary to determine to what extend the asthma affects her. I was happy that I could refer back to an essay that we had developed and posted on our website, www.KidsChemicalSafety.org, about understanding asthma. It gave me a little mor eifnormation about asthma, it's potential causes and a variety of resources to find even more information.
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