My son is 13 months old and was diagnosed as a happy wheezer on his first hospital admission 3 months ago. He has been on ventolin inhaler via spacer since then which seems to have only a small effect. he coughs and wheezes everyday and the consultant has said that he is pooling secretions at the back of his throat which is a separate problem. But I get so worried when he has one of his wheezing bad spells, usually every few weeks.
What worries me the most is at night time as I have to sleep at some point and I worry that he will have a huge attack without me knowing. Becasue of this I set my alarm intermittently through the night to check if he's ok and if he needs more inhaler. He inevevitably needs 6 puffs as he's much worse in the early hours of the morning. My questions if anyone can help are:
1. If he were to suddenly become very breathless whilst i am asleep would I know about it?
2.All the professionals have said that if he is pale and breathless so much so his ribs suck in you must take him to hospital. I find this one so hard to judge - he always looks pale when he's asleep and when he's wheezing his resp.rate is up and his ribs do look like they are sucking in a bit but I find it so hard to judge in the middle of the night and end up not knowing what to do whether to hope for the best or go ahead and do the whole A&E thing? Giving him 6 puffs of inhaler in the early hours of the morning when he's at his worst doesn't seem to help that much. Please can someone advise me i'm dreading tonight.