DS is 9 months old. He has had severe bronchiolitis twice and been hospitalised for it 3 times since he was born. He's also had less severe cases that we've been able to treat at home. Woke up this morning and he's chesty again. This has been the longest he's been without having a wheeze or a cough since he was born it's been 5 weeks since the last episode. I hate it. Has your little one suffered reoccuring bouts of this? When did they grow our of it? When or how will the dr diagnose asthma?
Since my boy was born he was exact same every month or so chest infection then pneumonia, throat infections constantly, had to get his adenoids removed in January as they thought it would help, he'll be 2 next week and am never away from hospital, he took seriously ill last week with 3 viruses in throat and took a seizure, he's got inhaler to help with coughing fits, they suspect asthma but can't diagnose yet, I got an inhaler for him last year due to him struggling in November breathing, it's a nightmare
Have you had a referral to a specialist yet? If not push for one as he does seem to be getting it repeatedly, a paed respiratory consultant would be best. They don't diagnose anything before 5 years because all the same symotoms (viral wheeze, bronchiolitus, asthma) when they are little. A specialist can get him on long term medication to reduce the attacjs if they think it's necessary.
It's normal for a baby to get it often especially if they've had rsv bronchiolitus as one of the attacks. But do push for a referral as it might be they could do something to minimise his breathing issues longer term. My older daughter was put on montelukast but I'm not sure if they give to babies.
My DD had bronchiolitis a few months back and it was awful she was so unwell so feel for your little one having it repeatedly!
DD is under a respiratory consultant as she has cystic fibrosis, she has been pretty wheezy any time she is unwell and has recurring bouts of wheeze at other times, they havent diagnosed her with asthma as they said "viral wheeze" is so common when their airways are still tiny. However she is being treated to prevent the wheeze and they will monitor if it resolves or is asthma. She has a steriod inhaler twice a day and salbutamol (blue inhaler) when wheezy. The steriod inhaler has really worked wonders and I havent had to give the blue one for months now so please push your GP for treatment!
My son is 16 but was born with a tendency for chest infections. We had a couple of years of recurrent bronchilitis before he was given an inhaler because doctors decided it was probably asthma. We then had 7 years of recurrent winter group which came so often we had the steriod prescribed to kept at home and administer when the striddor developed each time. During this time we realised the inhaler didn't help generally at all and his breathing was only bad when he had an infection. Fortunately he grew out of it all finally at the age of 9.