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Asthma diagnosis

(5 Posts)
Notnowcato Sat 27-Apr-13 21:43:40

My DS2 is now 4.5 yrs and since he was about 2, he's finished most colds with a lingering cough and wheezy breathing. The GP prescribed a non-steroidal inhaler for use as and when we need it for the latter. Recently (last 6 months) I've noticed that he doesn't like to run or scoot quickly and that, if he does (if he's having a race with his big brother), he will quite often pull up short, coughing (even when he doesn't have a cold) and sometimes in clear distress and nearly choking. At these times, I cuddle and calm him and he recovers quickly and without an inhaler. Sometimes if we go into a hot or stuffy place he asks to go outside into because he needs 'the fresh air' as he puts it.

He doesn't seem to run and move as much or as energetically as DS1 did at that age, but of course this could just be his character. (I am very active, my husband not!) My MIL has asthma but DH doesn't know if this was from birth/a child or a result of living in Middlesbrough before the air there was cleaned up!

So … how do I know if this is asthma? Any advice?

(I generally don't like to medicalise things for small children but with school starting soon I don't want him to be avoiding running around the playground with friends because it makes him feel ill.)

Anyway, if anyone has any advice to give, I'd be grateful.

Sirzy Sat 27-Apr-13 21:45:10

It sounds like it could be asthma, the best way to find out would be to pay a visit to your GP/asthma nurse though

Jojay Sat 27-Apr-13 21:46:59

It sounds quite likely given his history.

I think I'd go back to the and get him checked out. He may need regular preventer puffers.

Jojay Sat 27-Apr-13 21:47:33

* back to the GP

Notnowcato Sat 27-Apr-13 21:50:24

Thank you Sirzy and Jojay. I think I just needed second and third opinions to prompt me … I'll book him in and see where that takes us smile

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