My son is 2 3/4 he was diagnosed with Asthma when he was 2 1/2 - like many posters he had bronchilitus as a baby and was on inhalers for a while and then he was fine until Oct2006 - since then we've had 5 trips into hospital ranging from 1 night to 6 nights.
We've now been told by two doctors that he probably has 'brittle asthma' as he goes from being fine (we can see the GP in the morning and he'll be ok but having some Asthma symptoms to needing to be hospitalised by the evening).
We've recently written an Asthma plan with our GP (who is fantastic) but it doesn't seem to matter how early we get going with his meds on the first sign of any symptoms - once he's on the slippery slope - a trip to hospital seems to be inevitable!!!!!
He's currently on 2 puffs of Becotide morning and night and Montelukast every day and Salbutamol as needed. He also has Prednisolone as needed (much too often for my liking).
He also appears to have Hayfever (Allergic Rhinitus) which i think has triggered the last two attacks!!! The others have been triggered by viruses.
I'm not happy with the amount of Pred that he's having to take - i can't quite ascertain how much or how often he would have to have it for it to become a problem with regards to his imunity - especially in relation to Chicken Pox (which he hasn't had).
Also we're finding it really hard to keep track of all the different opinions as to how to treat him that we get from the many and varied consultants that we see!!! Every different one seems intent on changing his meds and doses even which spacer to use!!
I'm now in a constant state of worry - which doesn't help any of us - currently it seems that Asthma is ruling our lives (I appreciate that we have to try to get it under control). My little boy is really really good at taking his meds - he even takes Pred without any fuss - but we need to find a balance so that he can be the lovely lively little boy that he wants to be without having to curtail his fun too much and he needs a mum that isn't stressed out worrying.
I appreciate that it's early days and that it takes time to get everything sorted but any advice - tips etc would be greatly appreciated.