From October to May my poor Meghan suffers. She's had asthma forever and it drives her nuts. During the summer months, she is pretty much okay unless she gets a cold or her allergies are really bad. So that means she can count on a pretty good July. Poor kid.
She gets ridiculous red patches of skin around her mouth and red sores around her nose.
Last year she was in class, coughing her usual cough, when another teacher came in to ask Meg's teacher a question. She heard her cough and said "Whoo! Who has that big cough?"
And some little brat said "It's Meghan. It's always Meghan!"
She was humiliated. Can you imagine carrying to weight of all that coughing along with the idea that it disrupts everyone too? We try to be patient at home, but even here, where she's safe there are times where it grates on our nerves. I can't even imagine her nerves! She lays in her bed coughing and I know she's not sleeping well.
For years she was on Flovent and Ventolin. Then we added Singulair. Then switched her from Flovent to Advair. We saw an improvement last winter, she only got pneumonia once versus the four times the year before. So far this year though, she's really struggling. I don't know what we're going to do.
A good friend is exploring food sensitivities for her daughter who has similar issues and I'm wondering if we need to start exploring this sort of avenue? She hasn't grown much over the last year and it's starting to affect her behavior. She's edgy, fidgety and less focused - and trust me this kid is usually the epitome of focus!
Do you have experience with this? Have you tried naturopaths or other alternative methods? What about traditional medicine? Is there something we should let her allergist know?