I normally post on here for myself, but this time I'd like advice for my daughter
I took her to the gp this evening because for the last 3 weeks she's had a cough. When she wakes in a morning its a chesty phlegmy cough, but as the day progresses it 'whistles' when she coughs ( like Wheezer on toy story she told me) . She cough first thing in a morning, when she runs/skips to school, and she said at playtime and PE. The gp listened to her chest but said its clear, but will give her some syrup to try. Now I didn't mention that I am asthmatic, or that her dad was as a kid as I didn't want to guide a diagnosis, in fact it wasn't until I put together all the information that I realised it COULD look like it. So the syrup she's been given is ventolin syrup, he never mentioned asthma to me, just said 4 x 5ml a day,should get rid of the cough in a couple of days. He also never said (nor did I ask, duh) what I should do when she's finished it.
So I guess my question is, is this a 'trial of medication' or is ventolin used to cure coughs in kids? Also, how long from taking it, to it working? I will find out what were supposed to do when she's finished it too.
Another interesting thing is that she's tested her peak flow on my meter ( you know, mummy's doing it so I want a go) and she could only get 140, her younger brother always managed higher. I've checked it again tonight 15 mins after the night dose and its 180, a 30% increase. Also she's been complaining of tummy ache for about 6 months, she's seen a consultant and they can't find anything wrong, tonight she said it doesn't hurt as much, maybe coincidence but some kids with asthma do complain of tummy ache dont they?
Sorry for my long message and ramblings, any advice/comment would be greatly appreciated!