In some ways it feels like the other shoe just dropped. Asthma is so incredibly common in kids with eczema and food allergies (plus we have a family history), I guess I always presumed Bubba would have it as well someday. We’ve been lucky to have never had to deal with nebulizers or inhalers or prolonged colds until now. Today is the first time a doctor has diagnosed Bubba with asthma. We were prescribed a new ‘fancy’ dry powder Albuterol inhaler called ProAir RespiClick which looks like a traditional inhaler but works much differently. You inhale a powder instead of a mist and no longer need to perfectly time the press of an inhaler with inhalation (which can be complicated for kids). Pretty cool. EXCEPT THAT IT CONTAINS MILK. Yeah, you read that right and should be super impressed that I caught that before filling our prescription. I’m feeling pretty Ninja-like right now. For those of you without milk allergies though, it looks cool so I would check it out.
I will remain optimistic that this will not be a debilitating or prolonged disorder for Bubba, but have begun my research on childhood asthma nonetheless. Most children who have asthma develop their first symptoms before five years old old but you can be diagnosed at any age. One study found that people who developed asthma between five and nine years old had the fewest number of symptoms, attacks, and emergency room visits, compared to people who developed asthma before the age of one, who reported having symptoms the most often and intensely. Seeing as Bubba will turn five next month I’m going to count this statistic in our favor.
As I mentioned, there is an incredible overlap between atopic dermatitis (AD), food allergies, and asthma. Atopic dermatitis is a major risk factor for developing asthma; approximately 1 in 3 children with eczema will develop asthma. The more severe the atopic dermatitis, the more likely a child is to develop asthma. “Approximate 70% of patients with severe AD develop asthma compared with 20-30% of patients with mild AD and approximately 8% in the general population.” The prevalence of food allergies among children with AD is about 35%.
I will update this page and add additional resources as I continue my research. For now, wish us luck with Albuterol mood swings.