I'd appreciate anyones advice as I dont have Asthma and I don't really know anyone that does, so an 'expert' view would be great, especially anyone else with young children.
My little boy is nearly 3. There is no Asthma in the family, although I do have Hayfeaver. Every year since he was born he has had to have several doses of antibiotics and steroids at winter time when his cold has gone on to this chest and his coughing has been very bad. This has never bothered me or the GP and seems quite normal as babies pick up so many germs at a young age.
However in March, in the middle of the night he woke up crying and was struggling to breath. He was making a terrible noise as he was trying to breath so we rushed him to A&E. He had not cold or any other symptoms. When we were eventually seen, they gave him steroids which sorted it out within half hour and they said it was Croup.
I was worried about this diagnosis as he had croup the year before but had a cold to go with it and this time there was no cold but the breathing was very severe.
Also for most of his life he has suffered with Reflux and forever seems to be swallowing back acid. This swallowing back seemed to be getting worse so back we went to the GP, who after reviewing his symptoms and his history said she thinks he has Asthma and not reflux and the swallowing back is a symptom of Asthma.
Is that true?? I'd be really interested to know if this is something Asthma sufferers experience a lot.
The inhalers dont have much effect on the swallowing and i really do wonder if Asthma is the cause.
It baffles me how we've gone from regular chesty colds, croup and reflux to now Asthama. I just wonder if its a convenient tag to put on it all because of the one episode of 'croup', or rather an Asthma attack as the GP said it may have been. Still what do I know, I'm only his Mum!
He has just picked up another bug of some sort ( actually the whole family has exactly the same symptoms ) and during his monthly check up the Asthma nurse says we now need to give him Singulair tablets as well as his inhalers for a week, then we go back to make sure his chest is clear and he doesn't need antibiotics.
His symptoms are that he coughs when he runs - but this is only sometimes. He also never walks very far - although we have just put this down to him being lazy and he walks on tip toes so we've assumed his muscles aching could be behind this. But the nurse said babies often refuse to walk as they are tired and have no energy??!!
Apart from that and the swallowing we've only had one episode of going to A&E.
I'm really at a loss of what to think and do not have full confidence in the GP or nurses at my surgery.