This is my first time posting on here I'm after some advice/reassurance really. My son is 15 months old but was very premature - born 11 weeks early. He has had lung problems since birth (probably due to the fact that my waters went only 17 weeks into the pregnancy). He took ages to come off additional oxygen and was fully ventilated for 36 hours and on cpap for another 2 weeks.
Anyway at only 8 months old he was diagnosed with asthma. Now I was led to believe that children weren't diagnosed till they were 2. How are children diagnosed? We were just told Jake was asthmatic during one of our frequent hospital visits last winter. He seems to get a cold then it goes straight to his chest and sits there - not usually causing infection but very bad wheezing and shortness of breath.
Recently he has been wheezy for about 5 weeks. This is slightly helped by his inhalers but not for longer than an hour at a time. He has been admitted and observed but as he didn't need additional oxygen he was released the next day.
They did tests for cystic fibrosis which I am very pleased to say came back negative. They have also done allergy blood tests but still not got results nearly 4 weeks on.
Anyway what I really wanted to ask is are the level of meds I am having to pump into my son ok to be giving him over such a long period of time? We don't see his paedeatrician till December now and GP doesn't deal with his asthma as he is under a paed - grr!
He is currently having 2 puffs of pulmicort in the morning and same in the evening, 10 puffs of salbutamol every 3-4 hours, 2 puffs of attruvent every 6 hours and a sachet of singulair montelukast every evening. Edited to say he also has prednisolone tablets 4 a day for 4 days when he gets really bad - he's had 5 lots so far.
This seems so much to me as he is still very tiny - only weighs 19lb!
Sorry for the long post please give me any advice I'll be so grateful