Some time ago Keegan missed a week of preschool. He was having issues breathing. Never diagnosed with anything specific but required Albuterol breathing treatments and oral steroids to get through the troublesome time.
At least 1-2x/month thereafter he suffered from the same symptoms and needed breathing treatments – though we always seemed to catch it before much school was missed and oral steroids were required.
After 6 months went by and nothing really changed we sat down with the pediatrician. He reviewed the record and diagnosed Keegan with Reactive Airway Disease. Not asthma… Nothing quite that serious. Something that will simply be troublesome for him. The doctor prescribed Singulair for him once a day. To be taken in the morning since medications like Benedryl have the opposite effect on Keegan – he’s up all night long if he takes it at night!
He has been on Singulair for quite some time now. In that time he’s had only one breathing issue that required treatment. We keep Albuterol on hand just in case but seem to be doing ok.
That being said… We are wondering if the Singulair is still messing up his sleep. Keegan had his tonsils out in August because he was grinding his teeth and not sleeping through the night. Getting tonsils out helped immensely. I do not regret doing it. But something is still not right.
He sleeps better through the night. The teeth grinding has pretty much stopped unless he has a cold. But he’s still tired and whiney.
His prescription runs out at the end of this month. We are truly thinking about sitting down with the pediatrician again just to review. Fortunately I adore our pediatrician and trust his opinion.
We certainly don’t want to put Keegan at risk for breathing concerns but wonder if he still needs the Singulair. Are there other medications out there that will still help him breathe but have fewer side effects? We want a list of options – a menu if you will – of all things available to Keegan.
In the end I know we’ll figure out what is right for him. We simply have to be up to the journey that will get us there.