My 4 year old son has been regularly seeing doctors for almost 3 years. About once a month he gets unwell, lethargic, lots of coughing which leads to a phlegm based vomit, and he looses appetite and just wants to sleep. This has lead to concerns about his growth and weight but tests show he is ok.
A year ago he went to see a top pediatric respiratory consultant in Oxford but he was fit and well at the time and we were told he does not have asthma.
In the past 8 months we have made almost monthly trips to the GP when he is struggling with breathing and coughing and finally the GP has said its asthma and referred him to an Asthma nurse.
His trigger appears to be a cold, flu, sore throat or any kind of bug. The GP and Nurse have put him on 2 lots of Brown inhaler in the morning, and another 2 at night, along with Montelukast every evening. His shots of brown go up to 5 if he gets the first sign of a cold. His blue inhaler is used only if he starts coughing. He has also been prescribed Steroid tablets to be given for 5 days as and when the GP/Nurse tell us.
I must admit, I feel overwhelmed by it all really. He thought he was special to start off with taking all his medicines in front of his 3 brothers but now he gets frustrated with it and asks "why me, its not fair".
Has anyone else got/had a small child with this cold / flu type trigger? It would be good to see how other people have managed it and help me gauge if the medication doses are normal, excessive etc.