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My 7 month old got RSV from daycare when he was 4.5 months old. He has been on albuterol and pulmicort since. He has been getting sick every week with something new. He is on his 4th ear infection and the pedi is thinking of sending to an ENT specialist for tubes. I noticed his disposition changed when he started pulmicort. It has gotten so that he crys all day every day or is whining- grunting... until I pick him up. The daycare is onsight at my job and they have to call me 3 or more times a day to calm him down. We do the treatments through the nebulizer. He gets the watery red swollen eyes... I read that was from the medicine getting in his eyes. His voice gets hoarse. We pulled him off the pulmicort and are down to 1 albuterol at night when it is the worst for his coughing spells and his mood and personality are a million times better but he is coughing so much and wheezing ... We can't handle him on the drugs... even the albuterol makes him so wired out and twitchy. Neither my husband nor I were sick as babies. No asthma in the family. No smoking. I am allergic to dust mites and am prone to sinus infections as an adult. We also have a chihuahua. We are ripping up the carpet and putting in hardwoods to decrease allergens in our home. I need advice on what to do about the side effects. His pedi and we don't agree on treatment because he thinks the side effects are better than him having an asthma attack. We agree but he is out of sorts, wired, moody, crying, needy and nothing makes him happy on the drugs. HELP!!
How's the baby doing? Has your Dr. come up with alternative meds? Have you had the chance to get a second opinion from another Dr.?
It's hard with a baby. Albuterol is an "upper" and everyone has the side effects...some just worse than others. Am not sure that you should have taken him off the's to help longterm whereas the albuterol is simply for the attack...or to prevent a specific one that's brought on by a certain exercise induced asthma (I jog so have to do 2 puffs before I go to jog). I think you need to work with your doctor to find the right mix of meds....everyone reacts differently so it often takes time tofind the right combination. I do not mean to scare you but hope you understand that not treating the condition can have serious consequences.

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