Hi...thanks for taking the time to ready this.
I have 2 children, my son is 5 & my daughter is 4. We had a few scares @ a&e with my son when he was under 2 yrs, put on nebuliser etc, but he seems to be fit & strong now & overcomes common coughs & colds perfectly well. However my daughter Ebonie seems to be suffering & getting worse. From the age of about 18 months she has quite often developed common colds which have within a week ended at the docs with me being told she has 'nasty' chest infection. I am disappointed to admit that she has been on so many antibiotics in her little life. About 2 weeks a go, once again she was unwell. Wheezing, runny nose, stomach pains, lack of apetite. I took her to the gp who listened to her chest & alarmingly told me she had left sided Pneumonia as u can imagine I was mortified & rushed her straight to hospital. She was given a chest x-ray & I was told by the paediatrician that he was happy with her chest & that it was actually asthma. We were sent away being told to use her brown pump twice every morning & night for the next 6 months (until we see another doc) & use the blue one as & when I think! Anyway, I came straight home & made an appointment to see an asthma paediatrician (appointment 6th March) . I need to know exactly what I'm dealing with here. Since the last episode (at the hospital) she is still poorly. Missing pre school & generally feeling unwell. No apetite, crying with tummy pains. Also, the pumps seem to give her ulcers in her mouth, is this common? She coughs alot when being active & especially at night, more so as the heating kicks in early morning. I would really appreciate some advice to help her be more comfortable, she needs to get her apetite back & be the little healthy girl she once was. She starts infants school in Sep Will it improve, are different times of year better than other...what can I do to help? I've just arranged with our gp nurse to have some allergy tests done, as I've also heard that dairy can play a big part in some children, causing heavy mucus? Aslo I've looked in to herbal remedies??
I'd appreciate any advice, thanks in advance. Sam