My 2 year old daughter has recently been diagnosed with Asthma. She has been in hospital 3 times since April and 2 of those were in the last month (as well as lots of visits to out of hours centres for nebs and steriods in between). Each time she has had an Asthma attack she seems to worsen a lot quicker than before and it takes longer to stabilize her breathing again. The last visit on monday she had to have hourly nebs for 12 hours, oral steriods and oxygen and I had to call an ambulance to take her as her salbutamol reliever only worked for 10 mins or so at a time. She is home now but still on 6 puffs salbutamol 4 hourly and her brown inhaler of course, and is abou to have her last dose of prednisilone.
I am very worried as the attacks are worsening and wonder is this a common trend with other new Asthmatics?
I think my fear has been made worse as I lost my Dad in June of Acute respiratory failure although this was caused by COPD and not Asthma.
My husand and I are racking our brains to think what her triggers are and we suspect farms\animals\birds as the time before last we were at a farm and that evening she became ill and this time we were visited by relatives who had been to the same farm earlier in the day.
I am now keeping a diary so hopefully we can build a picture of what brings on the attacks. I have also been reading about house dust mites and was wondering if it is worth buying special bedding etc given that I think her triggers are animal related or will she get benefit from me doing this anyay as will she not get so bad when she does have an attack if i can make her home environment as allergy free as possible?
I would appreciate any help as neither my husband nor I know anyone with Asthma and do not have any relatives with the condition either.
Thanks for reading