Over the past year all 3 of my boys have been given a blue inhaler, and told to give 2 puffs as and when required. They tend to get a tight wheezy chest when they have a cold/virus, and occasionally when they get over upset. Generally day to day they are ok. Just this weekend my 2 yr old was admitted to hospital due to breathing difficulties brought on by a virus. This is the second time this has happened. He was treated with the blue inhaler, 10 puffs every hour over night and a 3day course of oral steroid. I am currently giving him 10puffs every 4-6hours, and he is still very wheezy.
I came home from hospital to find 5 yr old feeling unwell and also chesty. I have been giving him his inhaler also and I kept him off school yesterday. He was really quite well in himself but had the chesty cough. in the night he woke up coughing and wheezing and I have kept him off school again today. I just don't know what I am doing, if he should be at school or not? Currently they do not have an inhaler for him at school and I know I need to sort this out ASAP. I have tried getting an appointment with our asthma clinic (something I have never been advised to do) but I have been told to ring back next week when they get a new Asthma nurse. So this morning I tried for a doctors appointment and as the appointments were all for next week and later I was told to ring at 8am Friday morning to get an appointment for that day. So far doctors tent to say they don't want to label them with Asthma and it might be a type of childhood asthma that they may grow out of. But I would rather they confirmed it is Asthma and start giving me the help and support I need!