This is my first time ever on a forum and I am really just looking for someone who understands what we go through. My son has had two asthma attacks in the last month - one when we were on holiday which was pretty nerving and one last week which required admission. Sometimes I come across horiible doctors and nurses who dont take you seriously until he vommits all over them or until his O2 saturation confirms he is struggling so it is always a relief when they agree 'yes this child needs oxygen and is in quite bad shape'. My son normally starts by complaining of a sore tummy and then the cough starts - which is relentless - he then starts to vommit mucous etc and whatever his last meal was. I try to relieve it with the salbutamol, which sometimes works although I hope he can not be overdosed on this. I invested in an oximeter which is helpful. At one point in hospital the otherr night he dropped to 85%. Is this bad? Also usually when he is bad he needs to take 5-6 breaths to count to 20. Is this a technique that anyone uses? If anyone has any other techniques, hints or advice I would be so grateful. Apprehensive about the winter ahead especially when there is snow forecast for October as he really struggles with the change in temperature and cold air.