Sons asthma

Hello, I'm new to this...

My 2 and a half year old son is now being referred to a specialist, he's had more chest infections than I can count on both hands, we were told he had asthma about a year and a half ago but the doctors we were at never did much, when we moved the new doctors went above and beyond with different inhalers and steroids and seeing the asthma nurse but he's still getting chest infections and he's now being referred to a paediatrician, I'm wondering if anyone has any advice or information on what the specialist may do?

Thank you!

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  • Hi, my daughter was first referred to a specialist when she was two. He/She will do a few things; some breathing function tests that mostly involve blowing into a tube; possibly x-rays if they suspect an ongoing infection; possibly a CT scan or MRI. He/she should absolutely test for allergies, since asthma is an allergic condition. This might allow you to control his environment better.

    The specialist will then talk to you about the medications you've tried so far, and may change those.

    It will all talk time, but I would urge you to be patient. My daughter'sconsultant has been an important part of our lives for many years now; he's taken her from a very sick little girl to a hale and hearty 14 year old. Best of luck.

  • I was referred to a paediatrician when I was a child, but that was many decades ago and asthma was not as well understood as it is now. However, I have been referred to consultants for other issues and my general advice would be to make notes in advance of what your son has been experiencing with his chest infections and asthma and take them in with you. One of the most annoying things is to get in there, see the consultant, come out and then think 'oh, I should have mentioned that, but forgot to.' Any information concerning observations you have made of your son's condition may be of use to the consultant. Similarly, make a note of questions you may have.

    Hope it all goes well.

  • I am not sure if I can help you directly, but I was diagnosed with asthma when I was 2. That was nearly 40 years ago (yikes!). Despite being told I would grown out of it like my mother did, I still have asthma today. It is a pain to have and I wish I didn't have it, but on the other hand, I have always had it so I don't know anything different. Trust that your son will be able to deal with having asthma, but also you will need to be his advocate with doctors until he is old enough to do this himself. I remember many occasions where the doctors sent me home from A&E saying that I was okay only for me to return later with a worse attack. My dad tried to convince them that he knew me and how my asthma worked but they never listened. It is hard but you know your son best. Don't let any doctor tell you that he is okay if you think he isn't. Good luck and I hope your son feels better soon. x

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