I'm after some advice - Ollie's (he's 3) asthma is quite bad a moment - went to hosp yesterday and DR suggested changing him from Becotide to Seretide. I didn't think Seretide was licenced for children under 4 in UK (but am aware that consultants can give meds 'off licence'). He suggested that we talk it through with consul at next appt in Nov.
His reasoning was that if Ollie had Seretide as a preventer then he'd probably need less pred and that Seretide is preferable to taking continutual courses of pred over the winter. It makes sense and obvioulsy Ollie can't continue to be this unwell all winter - currently we can't go out - as soon as he hits the cold air that sets him off and after a 5 minute bounce on trampoline today he was not at all well. I hate to see him like this - at 3 all he wants to do it run around and play and being stuck indoors is hell for all of us.
So what i'm wondering is what are other people's views/experiences of using Seretide with their young children. I've checked it out on the net and apart from a list of side effects that is very scary i can't work out the pros/cons of Seretide vs Pred (it looks like we'll be between a rock and a hard place)!
Ollie's currently on:-
Becotide 50 - 4 puffs am and 4 puffs pm
Montelukast every day
and Salbutamol (when needed) currently he's on between 5 and 10 puffs 4 hourly but it doesn't seem to be helping as much as usual.
He's just had a really bad virus which meant 7 day (20mg daily) course of pred and AB. But he's not really that much better!
We're getting really stressed about it as it's only October and we seem to be getting back into the cycle of last Winter. I really hate Ollie having pred and don't really want him to have it all winter again. I also don't really want him to have a medicine that isn't licenced for children under 4. But ultimatlly we also want his asthma to be better controlled so that he isn't ill all the time. I'm sure it's going to be a choice between the lesser of two evils and I'm aware that the risks of having uncontrolled asthma far outweigh the effects of the meds. But as a mother i want to do what's best for him.
Thanks in advance.