Nikkole Paulun updates on son Lyle’s condition after hospitalization

16 and Pregnant's Nikkole Paulun's son Lyle in intensive care for asthma

As we reported earlier this week, 16 and Pregnant alum Nikkole Paulun’s two-year-old son Lyle had to be rushed to a Toledo, Ohio hospital after having trouble breathing. Soon after being admitted to the hospital, Lyle was moved to intensive care — and doctor’s still didn’t know what was causing his breathing issues!

Nikkole Paulun updated fans on Lyle’s condition today on Sulia, revealing he has since been able to go home, but only after a harrowing three-day ordeal. Here’s Nikkole’s announcement in full:

Lyle was not breathing right! He was wheezing and gasping and telling me his tummy hurt. I took him to my local hospital and within minutes they asked if I wanted to be transferred to a Detroit hospital or a Toledo. I said Toledo and 10 mins later we were in an ambulance on our way. I was pretty scared but hoped everything would be ok. When we got there they worked with him for an hr before saying he needed to be moved to ICU because he wasn’t improving. 3 days of constant monitoring, meds, & breathing treatments he was FINALLY healthy enough to go home. We have to continue the treatments and steroids through winter & once spring comes he will be given a test. If he passes he can be taken off the meds but if not he will continue to need 2 treatments and 2 meds twice a day. It really sucks but I’m glad I have what I need to keep him healthy.

Nikkole Paulun's son Lyle gets ready to eat while in the hospital

We spoke with Nikkole, who was able to provide a little more information.

“The doctors told me he has a severe form of asthma and his chances of growing out of it are only 20%,” Nikkole tells us. “From now until the end of winter he has to take 4 medicines everyday.”

As you might expect, the diagnosis and intense treatments that go along with it are heartbreaking for Nikkole, who says she is “sad because it’ll be hard for him to play sports and stuff, you know?” But the health risks of asthma and the disease’s limitations aren’t all that is weighing heavy on this teen mom’s mind. “It breaks my heart because one of the meds is steroids,” which Nikkole says make Lyle act different than usual — surely an unsettling thing for a parent.

There is hope that Lyle will be able to get off the medications eventually, though. “Once winter is over they will give him a test and see if he can go without medicine, but if not, he will go back on and have to be on it year round.” Nikkole is remaining optimistic and is also looking into other options that may help. “I’m currently doing a lot of research to find more natural cures for it.”

16 & Pregnant Nikkole Paulun and son Lyle Drummonds

We wish the best for Nikkole and Lyle! You can send your well wishes to them (and get updates) via Nikkole’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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  • sammi

    My son got diagnosed with asthma a few weeks after turning two and it was scary for us. He had excessive coughing and wheezing for an entire day. His dad insisted it was a cold but the mommy in me refused to believe it was just a simple cold, sure enough, he was diagnosed as having asthma and spent two days in the hospital. Luckily, he only has a moderate form of asthma, requiring him to take a medicine two times a day. Hang in there Nikkole and best of luck in keeping little man healthy. Asthma is so scary and never should be taken lightly.

    • CiCi

      Hi Sammi, I hope your son is doing better now! That must have been so scary for you guys, & you sound like a great mom for knowing it was more than just a cold! :)

  • Chelsea

    Hope her and her baby are feeling better! Same thing happened to my little brother but it eventually can get better!

  • Greer Phillips

    Lyle might be the cutest 16 and pregnant baby ever.

  • Mia

    Hope Lyle feels better and is taken off his meds! It’s hay fever season so that might be having an impact. I wonder if this had anything to do with Nikkole’s pregnancy. If she smoked or was even around second hand smoke this could be a direct effect of it. Considering Josh’s drug past, it’s very likely she could have been around second-hand smoke even if she was smart enough to not do it herself. Always my best wishes, but hopefully a learning experience for all. Plenty of kids and even professional athletes have asthma. As long as they provide an encouraging environment for him he will be able to do anything he wants.

  • tab

    why did her mom spell her name like that? looks like a strippers name or something.