My name is Lianne and I have an 11.5 month old daughter called Holly who was diagnosed about 6 weeks ago (although as you'll all know it's not a definite diagnosis due to her age but GP and Paediatrician are treating it as such for now).
She has a long history of chest infections starting at 8 weeks and has been coughing for the past 6 months. She has also had pneumonia and was coughing until sick at least once a day and when things were bad this was two, three, four or five times a day.
Anyway, GP decided the best thing to do was to try asthma medication and we started on Becotide and Salbutamol about 6 weeks ago. We haven't made a great deal of progress and were on holiday a couple of weeks ago and things went down hill rapidly. The sickness with the cough was awful and she was wheezing the all time. Being new to it all we just increased the amount of Salbutamol we gave her but GP has since advised we should really have taken her to hospital. We saw a Paediatrician this week who has changed the Becotide to Flixotide and also prescribed a nine day course of oral steroids (40mg for 3 days, 20 mg for 3 days, 5 mg for 3 days) which from what I can see is pretty aggressive.
Today she is wheezing badly. We gave her 3 puffs of Salbutamol first thing this morning which eased things a bit but definitely didn't stop it completely and we are at a loss as to what we should do next. She is happy in herself but refusing to eat again today which is always a sign that she is struggling a bit. So, after my long waffle my main questions are:
1) Is wheezing all of the time OK or should we seek help?
2) Do any of you have to give your little ones Salbutamol daily due to wheezing?
Having never dealt with this before I guess I'm not sure whether my expectations are unrealistic. I really thought that with the oral steroids and the steroid inhaler we would reach the point where she wasn't wheezing at all for at least 24 hours. Is this where we should be aiming to get to or is it normal for them to need the Salbutamol daily?
Thank you for anyone who has made it to the end of this gigantic post!