I'm new to this site and have just spent an hour reading some of the posts. I suffer with mild asthma but the query is related to my 3 year old son. A brief history..
I took him to my GP about 8 months ago with cold like symptoms and wheeziness - listened to chest and said it was viral and gave antibiotics.
In November he was wheezy again - cold related - was given 2 nebulisers and an inhaler and antibiotics - this was at a NHS walkin centre - doctor was concerned at breathing rate and rung A&E who said don't bring him in, try the inhalers first....which seemed to have sorted it.
He's had never ending coughs and colds over last year and half.
Last week noticed he had a slight runny nose and very slight cough - so cautious me gave him some calpol before bedtime.
By midday the next day he was very wheezy and breathing rapidly - i rushed him to A&E - they took him straight in and gave him a nebuliser, a couple of hours later a second nebuliser - his oxygen level was about 86-88 - they then gave him some oxygen - sats were 89-90 - they then decided he would have to stay in over night - they gave him another nebuliser, prednisilone and 10 puffs of salbutamol and more oxygen. About 4 hours later they gave the last nebuliser which seemed to settle him and we were discharged later that day.
I spoke to 3 different doctors who said they could not diagnose Asthma because of his age, they took his history into account and noted that i suffer with Asthma. They said they need to see if he has repeated episodes and what time of year it occurs. I did tell them that 4 days earlier he became wheezy after outdoor play at nursery but seemed okay for a few days after.
Is this Asthma???
He completed a 3 day course of steriods.
After being discharged he was told to take 10 puff salbutamol for 2 days, 8 puffs for next 2 days - 4-6 puffs for the next two days and they 2 puffs as and when required. We are on 4 puffs every 4 hours at present.
He still has a cough and his discharge plan said if cough persists continue with 2 puffs......but for how long, i have no idea??
Also he has become very hyper....the one time i need him to relax and chill out he's got energy like superman....is this the salbutamol?
As he has not been diagnosed with Asthma, does he need to see the regular Asthma nurse at my surgery??
This is all new to me so any advise would be greatly appreciated.
Thankyou and apologies if i've gone into too much detail,
Thanks Again x