Hello everyone! I have a child who is now 15 months old with severe acute breathing problems. I have had some people tell me that is asthma and even had one rude woman tell me that if it walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck...but I am not ready to accept the diagnosis. Here is why. I had asthma as a child and my attacks all ranged in intensity from really mild to usind auxillary mussles to suck in air. My child has one intensity and that is severe. He has had three episodes now, oct 3rd, oct 29th, nov 22nd. I have reacked my brain with what did he eat, where have we been, what did he touch. So far the only similarity I have found is that he was asleep when it started. We wern't even in the same area for each of these attacks. The first time was in central illinois near springfield after we lived there for several months. The second time was during a visit to grandma in Chicago, notrhern illinois. The third time we were in colorado which is where we have lived for two weeks. This last time he wasn't really wheesing, he was just breathing hard and fast at about 3 am. I got him to the hospital and then he started using his auxillary mussles to breath. He was put on an IV, given oxygen, steroids, heart montior, respiration rate was between 60 and 68, given continueoud breathing treatments, heart rate between 180 and 199, and if he was off his oxygen for longer then 2 seconds, his level droped into the 60's. He was so tired, but couldn't fall asleep, his eyes would roll around for a while and then he would like snap back and start flailing around. If he did manage to fall asleep, he would continue breathing the same way and after about 10 minutes, wake up and start flailing again.
By 2 pm hey transfered him to a children's hospital about a half hour away. He was so bad they contiplated putting him on a respirator. Then by almost total disbelief, by 6 pm his symptoms were gone. Regular heartbeat, regular respiration rate, normal oxygen level, just a normal kid. They want to tell me has either has asthma or reactive airway disease. I don't want to call it asthma because there is no variation in the intensity of his episodes and they just all of a sudden started. He was a normal healthy child before all of this. He doesn't have any wheesing after an episode, or when he is exercising, or playing with anyone's pets. I am so lost. I don't know if it will happen again or not. Has anyone else experienced this?