Hello, my daughter is 5, with no previous asthma symptoms (apart from coughing slightly when she runs around too much) In September she was admitted to Hosp with breathing difficulties (the day before she was coughing a lot, dry cough) after an xray they diagnosed pneomonia. Her oxygen levels were low and it took her a day to respond to the oxygen and nebulisers. She was kept in and on discharge given an inhaler and reducing regime. We followed this and after 2 weeks she was back to her normal self, until she caught another cold 1 wwek later, she was unwell but not as bad as before, Dr said not to use inhalers, just gave her antibiotics and said to keep her off school. She recovered OK, but seemed to get more breathless. A week ago she started to cough again (she had a cold too) she woke on Monday and her breathing was so fast it scared me, she couldn't talk. An ambulance came and confirmed her oxygen levels were v low. Again she was admitted to hosp, this time she didn't respond to the oral meds and oxygen. She ended up with 2 iv lines, administering magnesium sulphate, hydrocortisone, fluids and another drug I can't remember. She was very unwell indeed, after 2 days she came off the oxygen and other meds, she is home now and we are continuing with the inhalers as instructed. Her follow up isn't until January. Does this sound like asthma to you? I am very anxious and worried about how to spot the signs, and also letting her go back to school. Any advice, reassurance would be greatly appreciated. I remained calm throughout each hospitalisation, but now the seriousness of how unwell she was has really sunk in.
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