Hi I have had asthma since I was 10 and now 24 years later I very rarely have any problems now, however my 7 year old son has just been diagnosed after a bit of pushing. I took him about a cough he had for 6 months and was told to take a couple of puffs a night with a reliever I went back last week after about 3 more months from the original appointment and is now on 2 puffs 4 times a day with a reliever and twice a day with a preventor. We are going back in 4 weeks and I have to do a peak flow diary. The medication seems a big jump to me and I have really noticed a big difference with my son with wheezing and coughing even when talking. He is very active and swims and does judo twice a week aswell as playing football every lunchtime! I'm not quite sure what to do next. If it's what I fear and it may be quite bad asthma I feel I should be doing something.
I want to buy a new mattress for him but have searched around and can't find much apart from the miracoil asthma mattress, so was wondering whether someone could tell me whether it is any good or recommend one that would be good but not too pricey. Same goes with pillows. He also sleeps with more soft toys than can actually fit in. I know I should probably move these out of his bed but he's going to hate it as he likes having them squished in there.
Should I also push for an allergy test? As it may help with knowing his triggers. Not sure what they do nowadays. I was given allergy tests but they were so basic that I had to just guess, if I ended up in hospital I knew it was a bad trigger if I didn't it was a bonus.
Any advice would be great, I know the basics as I'm an asthma sufferer myself but there are a lot of things out there now that weren't available when I could have used them.
Please help, you'd think knowing all about it I'd be a bit calmer but I seem to have gone into panic mode and am feeling quite guilty too.