My 7yod was diagnosed with asthma autumn last year. I'd taken her to the docs with yet another chest infection and explained that I wasn't happy for her to keep taking antibitics without knowing why she was getting so many URT infections. A peak flow diary was kept and seasonal asthma was the diagnosis. She is only poorly during the months after September because we think she may be irritated by a soil spore and we live in a very rural area. She takes Becatide 50 (two puffs twice a day) and her asthma is very well controlled.
However, even with the inhaler, she has had four or five chest infections this winter which is an improvement on the six or seven (maybe even eight!) she had her first winter here. But is this normal??
My ex-health visitor (and now very good friend) suggested we write down all the problems she has had in the last two years (since our move to the country) and we were quite staggered. 10+ chest infections, 2 throat infections, 1 ear infection, 2 sinus infections, two doses of Flixonase for inflammation in her nose which was causing horrendous nose bleeds. Her ears pop, she gets dizziness with headaches and is constantly sniffy. She takes Amoxycillin like it is a mothers milk! We can add the odd water infection, cold, viral illness to this list too and we are beginning to feel that she is never well for more than a fortnight at a time.
The gp seems to think I'm an overly concerned mum who has to expect these things with an asthmatic child but I'm really not so sure.
I only have the one child and we are quite new to being a family dealing with asthma but I am seriously thinking about pressing my gp for a referral to either an ENT specialist or for a paediatric referral. So I'm throwing this out there and asking other parents.........is this normal??
Sincere thanks in advance for your input.