My 3 year old son has had a rather bad cough for a couple of weeks now, particularly troublesome in the early part of his sleep and upon waking.
After a week I took him to the GP as I was worried because he was 'maxed out' on his inhalers ie the recommended 10 puffs salbutamol and 2 puffs atrovent, and we were only just managing to stay one step ahead of his asthma. (I do give over this if needed)
Phoned at 8am for an appointment and didn't get in til 11.30 by which time his cough had settled abit but was still present. The good news was no infection, he is prone to them, but the GP was a little less than helpful.
First when we entered I was greated with 'which is it chest or ears?' he suffers glue ear also, I was somewhat shocked by the attitude.
After the check he said 'up the becotide to double and carry on' I had already doubled it once now I had to double it again! so 4 times his usual doseage. I voiced my concerns and was left feeling very small and as if I had wasted his time by not increasing it further before making an appointment in the first place. When I said I didn't feel his asthma was controlled he kind of shrugged it off and repeated what had already been said.
What can I do? My son is ok at the moment, still coughing but has developed a little hayfever also so that's not really helping! I am very lucky in that he tells his pre school teachers if he needs his inhaler so I am carrying on as normal but it's awful that I can't do anymore to help him.
I know there are guidelines but that's all they are, guidelines, Doctors don't have to stick to them if they feel they are in control of the situation and happy to go beyond them. but it doesn't help set us troubled parents minds at ease does it?
Sorry to come on and have a rant but I am just lost at where to go from here.