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Can anyone give some advice please. My 6 year old son has cold induced asthma! He’s been the worst this last year than previous years! He takes the brown preventer inhaler morning and night, a nasal spray - avamys morning and night and also the blue reliever when he needs it. He has started, for the second night now, to get a high temp at bedtime, coughing uncontrollably until he is sick and the blue inhaler doesn’t seem to help! Every time he gets a cold this is what happens! I then take him to drs or he’s been taking to hospital on some occasions, where they prescribe steroids. I’m concerned what he has at the moment isn’t really working and that I’m not doing the best thing to help him! Any advice would be gratefully appreciated. Thanks ☹️

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have you up his inhaler the preventer brown one ?

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He always has 2 puffs on a morning and 2 on a night. They changed it early last year to 100mcg

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You may need to up it to 3 puffs twice if the gp said it ok this my help

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Thanks x

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Hi. My 5 year old used to have the brown inhaler but now we are under a consultant we have a much stronger preventer. He no longer suffers from the severe symptoms (which were similar to those you say your son gets).. It may be time to ask your gp to refer your son to a consultant. Also, we have steroids at home in case we need to use them (from the gp).

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Hiya, thanks for your response. He is under a consultant, and regularly sees an asthma nurse. He had an appointment arranged for October gone, but they had to cancel and now we don’t see them till February! I just don’t think it’s helping what we are doing now! Maybe I need to try get an appointment sooner. We’ve been to drs this morning and he has steroids again. Thanks again for your help xx

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Ask the go to give you some steroids to keep at home maybe? Also. My son takes Montelukast which has helped to reduce the nighttime symptoms 😁

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Yes I think that might be the best idea. Montelukast was mentioned but I think they were trying other things first. Does your son have an nebuliser at home? Xx

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Hi.

I think there's a short & long-term view here. In the short-term, I'd bet a pound to a penny you're doing the right thing most of the time. I remember my lad at that age & younger used to get terrible issues in winter with colds. Their airways are still very small, easily congested and easily irritated, so there isn't always a guaranteed fix-it for them.

Kids get colds, colds cause asthma; that's an inevitability really, but as long as you are keeping his asthma controlled most of the time (ie other than when he has a cold/illness) then you will be protecting his long-term ability to keep his asthma well under control.

Like you, I've had those nights at hospital in a state of high panic, had blue lights at the door, etc., but the chances are that you're there or thereabouts with the strategies you are using (unless a medic says otherwise).

Good luck & I'm sure he'll be up, about & trashing your house in no time at all :)

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Thank you, it’s horrible to see them suffer! I’m just concerned what he is taking now isn’t preventing him having these episodes! I’ve been to drs this morning and he’s been given more steroids. Hopefully this helps again. Thanks for your reply xx

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