Hi everyone im new to the site and looking for advice from other parents of babies with suspected asthma. My son was diagnosed with suspected asthma in october after 3 months of repeated visits to the GPs over night time coughing and breathing difficulties. Finally one GP suggested asthma and put him on a salbutamol inhaler. In november he developed bronchiolitis and after seeing the GP on monday (who gave antibiotics) he was rushed into resus on the friday and spent the night in intensive care. The consultant said it was due to the underlying asthma why the bronchiloitis affected him so badly. Since then he had an outpatient appointment in december but he had developed another chest infection so the doctor couldn't check how his lungs were properly. He told us to increase his salbutamol to 6 puffs three times a day then bring it down over the next few days. It took us 2 more weeks to bring it down where he wasn't coughing or wheezing which lasted for a week but then he got another cold and we are back up to 6 puffs three times a day. He is really bad in the morning with lots of mucus on his chest and wheezing, using his stomach more when he is breathing and breathing fast. I took him back to the GP yesterday but he said his chest was clear and he had no wheeze so what we were doing is fine. I am just concerned that the doctor only sees him during the day when his symptoms are at their best. He doesn't see the struggle during the night and in the mroning that our son has to go through. He turned 1 last week so I was hoping the doctor might do more to control his asthma as before they said they dont prescribe steroids to under 1 year olds. We came away with the salbutamol staying at 6 puffs and this morning my son was in the same state again. At what point do you stamp your feet with the GP and stop accepting what they say? Is he right and the asthma is controlled at this dose and I am being too optimistic wanting him to be on a lower dose of the salbutamol. 1 inhaler is typically lasting between 2-3 weeks at the moment. Even the receptionist is looking at me like an over protective mum who seems to be never away from the doctors surgery. I just don't feel it is right and from reading some of the other posts on this forum it seems like it takes several visits to get anywhere. His next paediatric appointment is on the 1st March so thats another 6 weeks of struggling to get through. What treatment are other babies aged 1yr (son was literally was 1 last weekend) taking and has it helped? Any advice would be great to stop me feeling like a bad mum!
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