Hi all I am new to the forum!
I am mum to 18 month old Murray who was diagnosed with asthma at 8 months. He is a lovely little boy who, from the moment he was born coughed. It was considered as mucus at first but rapidly progressed to coughs and chest infections.
Since then we have constantly lived in the Dr's surgery. I never seem to get this cough under control and I find I doubt myself. I often struggle to understand exactly when I am to increase the doses. I am wondering if I shall ever find confidence handling this.
It does concern me that we have never seen a specialist although I am told that it is not serious enough to be referred to hospital.
To be frank, I feel quite unsupported. Our Doctor can be so vague and I have feel that I have to know the right questions to ask all the time.
I don't know anyone who has a child with asthma or having a similar experience. I am not an asthma sufferer so I have no experience to draw from.
As a working mother I then have the double worry of my Nursery caring for him properly combinded with all of those horrid guilty feelings that go hand in hand with motherhood and careers.
At present Murray has had yet another virus and we have had a chest infection for 4 weeks. The Dr changed his medication to montelukast and sterotide. These worked really well for him. The coughing stopped although his breathing was still a little fast.
Sadly, even though the montelukast helped Murray greatly, it made him poorly and we had to stop taking it. Firstly he became hyperactive, then he started to show a general malaise. He would wake up in the night crying and clearly distressed. We stopped them and the effects wore off.
This was disappointing as the effects were really good.
Now we are taking the sterotide alone but the cough is back.
Sometimes I feel I need a strong guiding hand to support me through this.
Thank you for listening!!