Hi everyone. I am new to this site but am so glad I found it - I don't know anyone else who has an asthmatic in the family.
My wonderful 9 year old son has coughed for as long as I can remember and gets more coughs and colds than anyone I know. When he was 4, a bad cold took a rapid turn for the worse, leaving him hospitalised with double pneumonia and a collapsed lung. He spent a week on inhalers, steroids, antibiotics and oxygen before being allowed to go home. He was sent for a referral and was diagnosed as asthmatic (even though he never wheezed). We were given Salbutamol to keep to hand as and when required.
He's had numerous overnight stays in hospital over the following years whereby, nebulisers and steroids have controlled the problem. His inhalers were eventually stopped after a final assessment - he had been problem free for nearly 3 years apart from the higher than average amount of coughs and colds.
Just when I thought he was out of the woods and facing a healthy future, three months ago - a heavy cold turned into pneumonia and again we were back at hospital.
So here we are again, inhalers are back. I keep getting conflicting advice from medical professionals. At present I am following the GPs advice of giving my son Beclazone 100 x 2 puffs at bedtime and 2 puffs in the morning. Is this too much? Does anyone else administer this amount? He also has Salbutamol to take when a cold, cough or virus raises it's ugly head. Is this to be taken as well as the Beclazone?
I'm on my own with my son and feel like I'm getting a little over-protective - I love him so much - he is my world! I want to know I'm doing the right thing for him. I would be so grateful for any advice or information. Thank you. Ju ju