Ok, my child is on albuterol or xopenex, we use both. They both work great but xopenex seems to have less side effects. We are using it now because she is still wheezing after the flu, but her cough doesn't seem too bad. It seems that she gets into these horrible coughing fits after we have done a treatment. I thought this was supposed to stop the coughing. Does anyone else have this problem? I don't want to supress the cough because then I would be defeating the purpose of opening the airways. Any suggestions?
You don't mention how old your child is, this could make a difference to how she gets & so how affectively she utilizes the medicine?
Do you do physio on her back lay her across your knees & with your hand cupped really firmly "bang" on her back over the rib area on both sides for as long as she'll stay put but 5 minutes or so would be good. This helps clear the lungs & break up any mucus.
Also as these meds are called by different names in australia i'm not sure but most asthma meds here work best if you have a good drink after taking them - this is something you find out rather than something drs actually bother to tell you!!
She is 5 years old. I have done the physio and it does seem to help, but only for about 10 min. After I stop.. It just seems that she isn't coughing much until after the treatments and then it's downhill from there for about an hour or so. We are doing the treatments every 4 hours.
At 5 she might be prepared to give this a go - since she's had the flu & that would leave mucus in her ,lungs which could well cause the coughing & which you need to clear - try getting a bowl of hot hot water & put in some vicks vapor rub (i don't know if you call it that, but it's a mixture of menthol, camphor & eucalyptus oils generally used as a chest rub for when you have a cold or flu) then have her lean over the bowl with a towel over her head & breathe in & out staying under for as along as she can. This clears the airways & gets right through to the lungs (if you breathe in deeply & keep doing it for - well the longer the better, but anything is better than nothing - she can come out from under the towel to wipe her face & cool off then go back under again when ready).
Do the above &/or rub some vicks on her chest, neck & back at night, oddly enough some under the feet helps alot - I have no idea why but it does!!?? If her skin is sensitive then put it on her singlet under her night top on either strap & in the middle front & back so that she still gets a fair amount of help from breathing it in, but this is mainly for at night whereas the bowl etc you can use at any time.
Good luck & I hope the new year is better than I guess your christmas is being!!