My son was diagnosed with asthma a month ago and he is 12 years old. After weeks of faffing around, and many different medical opinions, he was put on a course of pred for 3 days. This settled things down and he is now taking Clenil twice a day and ventolin when he needs it. A few days ago, his peak flow started to decline when he became more active with sports. Today he has a cold and is very wheezy. I am a little concerned as yesterday he used his ventolin 9 times instead of the usual 3 or 4. Is this ok?? The doctor wants to see him in four weeks and I have had very little advice as no-one seems to be very sure of anything. Any ideas? Is this normal and how long does it take for things to calm down?