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Wheezing into 2013 - Support thread for parents of asthmatics

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Sirzy Wed 26-Dec-12 14:19:15

As the old thread is filling up I thought I would get a new one started!

This thread is for anyone with a child with asthma, or asthma type symptoms. Between us we have to much experience of inhalers, nebulisers, steroids, sats and all things asthma!

Hello smile

Sirzy Wed 26-Dec-12 14:38:23

Hi, how are things with you at the moment?

Not to bad. Dd1 has bit of a cough has needed inhaler a couple of times but hoping to avoid any major problems. How about you? smile

Sirzy Wed 26-Dec-12 14:47:37

Glad things aren't to bad.

DS is wheezing and coughing nicely. Ventolin right up and hoping to contain things as he only finished a course of steroids on saturday

Oh no sad I hate it when dd has to
Have steroids . The last time we got the white ones that she could just swallow. But before that it was the dissolvable purple ones that sent her loopy.

Sirzy Wed 26-Dec-12 14:52:58

The pred doesn't send him too loopy, it's dexmethasone which really sends him mad!

He is currently sat wheezing on my knee playing on his leap pad which is keeping him still (miracles do happen!)

How's he doing at night? Dd started coughing Xmas eve half expected raging temp by morning as her asthma tends to be viral induced more than anythin else but so far it's holding off.

I do start to think that maybe she will grow out of it but I can't help but think that the past two flare ups were far to easily controlled and it's the calm before the storm. Last set of steroids was about July time so not been that long really.

Sirzy Wed 26-Dec-12 15:09:06

He is coughing a lot at night to. Just had more ventolin so if he needs more before 7 will take him to A and E.

I know what you mean, DS had a couple of healthy months recently and I started to think it was improving/better controlled. The attacks don't seem to be as bad as he gets older though which is a start

These days first sign of sniffle I break out the chilli ginger and butternut squash and feed them a spicy soup for luch/tea to try and help clear the sinuses sweat it out of her.

Dd2 at the moment (touch wood emoticon) seems to be ok although due to the rocky start with her ( two bouts of bronchiolitus as a baby) i still live in fear that any day now she's gonna catch that one cold too many and we will start to have the same problems with her.

I've taken drastic action this year to really doy best to keep dd1 as healthy as possible and to try and get to a point where she doesn't need steroids or antibiotics any more as the thought of needing medication ( bad enough with the inhaler) scares me. Asthma runs
In the family and I'm
Petrified she will end up like my mother with it so prepared to try anything really.

alibobins Wed 26-Dec-12 16:19:09

My hospital tend to use nebs when a child needs oxygen too. With sats of 90/91 they would be on oxygen hope you get home soon.
Sirzy ds2 is the same nearly maxed out on ventolin hmm

Sirzy Wed 26-Dec-12 16:23:58

I have everything on charge now ready, going to have some tea and then see how he is.

Fingers crossed he settles down Ali.

Hope he does ok!!! How often is he allowed his ventolin inhaler? Drs have told me up to ten
Puffs every hour! That thankfully has been enough at times to avoid hospital. X

Sirzy Wed 26-Dec-12 16:30:28

At home DS is allowed 5 puffs every 4 hours before having to go to A and E. He is only managing 3 hours at the moment though.

I know some hospitals say 10 puffs every 4 hours before going in though so it seems to differ from place to place.

Fingers crossed he starts improving x

alibobins Wed 26-Dec-12 16:43:20

We have to go in if 10 puffs don't last 4 hours ds2 was once discharged on 10 puffs every 2 hours last Christmas and the consultant was really cross.
Hopefully he sounds worse than he is as we are still managing to potter round.
Sirzy poor ds he seemed to be doing so well hmm

Sirzy Wed 26-Dec-12 16:48:24

Ye he was doing well until last week. Lulled us into a false sense of security. Last year we spent Boxing day night on kids ward, I hope we aren't starting a tradition!

lollipoppi Wed 26-Dec-12 17:59:21

DS is allowed home! He is on 10puffs 4hourly and pred, the community nurses will come to our house first thing tomorrow to check his stats smile

Sirzy hope you manage to avoid a trip to a&e how is he doing? X

Sirzy Wed 26-Dec-12 18:08:42

Seems ok at the moment, just eaten some mash and now asking to go to bed.

Glad he is allowed home smile

Glad he's home smile

And hope u avoid a&e!!

alibobins Wed 26-Dec-12 18:30:42

Good news he is home smile
I'm still sat on the fence whether ds2 needs seeing tonight or to wait for the gp to open. Dh is currently drinking all the Christmas beer and I'm sat here with coffee just incase hmm it's a good job I got 3 new mugs for Christmas and plenty of pj's a new pair are now in my hospital Emergancy bag.

Sirzy Wed 26-Dec-12 18:39:31

Hope he manages to wait til the morning Ali

I am on orange juice tonight just in case! Least I can still enjoy chocolates though!

You still home sirzy?

Sirzy Wed 26-Dec-12 21:51:39

Yes thanks. Seems quiet settled at the moment

smile fingers crossed he's over the worst!

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