Hi, my son has just turned 11 months and has been showing symptoms of bad asthma since he was 7 months when he has brohnilitus, since then he has wheezed almost constantly getting really bed when ever he has a slight cold (even the colds that just give my 3 year old daughter a slightly runny nose for 2 days cause my son to wheeze and cough day and night for weeks). We had yet anouther viset to the doctor today after a trip to A&E last week with the latest cold and our GP has now said that he feels that a dx of asthma is now warrented as up to now it's been 'viral wheeze' from all the medical proffesionals due to his age although I have always known as there is such a strong family history on both sides, our GP has started him on another two week course of oral steroids, this is his 3rd steroid course since Novermber last year and has also given us a brown inhailer to start him on twice a day once the oral steroids have settled his breathing down.
Its a funny one as I am glad that it is now down in his notes as asthma but still sad for him as he is so young, I said to the doctor that I hoped that with the correct treatment and control through his early years he may grow out of the worst of it but the doctor wasn't hopefull of this and this sadens me further, think I will hand onto my hope for a while longer though I guess no one can say what will happen at this point. My main question is where do I go from here, I feel that my son has had allot of oral steroids over a short space of time (once he finishes his current course he will have been on them a total of 4 weeks in 4 months) and that maybe a hospital referal might be of benifit and I also wondered if my surgery had an asthma clinic or nurse and if they do (not that anyone here could answear that question for me lol!) how do i gain accsess to it, can I just make an appointment or does our GP need to send us? I feel like I am entering a real minefield and lacking in any kind of map! I refuse to think of my son as sick, he is such a happy little chap, I think he has wheezed for so long he doesn't know what having enough breath feels like so it doesn't bother his so much although there are times when he really seems to freek out and he has even started going and getting his spacer out of my bag when he is really wheezy, he hates having his inhaler but does seem to know when he needs it bless him! Sorry for the long one, guess having the dx has started my head spinning again! Jen