Hi, I am posting for help with my son's asthma because we are not getting anywhere with the current situation. I am really looking for advice on what to ask the consultants to look for as a cause and any recommendations for private paediatric respiratory consultants or maybe immunologists please?
He is 5 and had had many hospital admissions since around 18 months old. We had very bad mould in our house when this all started and I think it kicked it all off but this has always been dismissed.
Over the past year he's had 11 admissions each with a 3 or 5 day course of prednisolone at 30-40 mg.
He has tried beclametasone, flixotide, montelukast and 3xweekly azithromycin for 2 weeks.
Apart from the azithromycin, the steroids and montelukast have severe side effects so we don't use them.
I know that the inhaled steroids are preferable to so many courses of prednisolone, but the side effects are unbearable.
I'm very interested in making sure there are not any side effects on things like his heart from the steroids.... How do I do this? What would the effects be? What do I ask for?
I also would like to know what's causing it all. He rarely drinks milk but occasionally craves some and I've recently noticed it coincides with getting snotty and then wheezy. The doctor's will not entertain a test for dairy allergy.... Are they right or should we pursue this privately?
I'm interested in assessing gut health to check whether there are big imbalances possibly causing so many attacks.
I'm worried about the affects of so much salbutamol. For instance between Oct and Jan he was unable to wean off it at all. 10 puffs at least every 4 hours, often much more often.
I really appreciate any advice or input. Thanks