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Is viral wheeze considered 'medically diagnosed asthma'

(11 Posts)
Mittensandmuffins Mon 25-Sep-17 17:40:39

Basically, my DS just started reception and I'm filling of various forms for the school nurse, flu vaccination forms, etc and they're all asking if he has 'medically diagnosed asthma'. DS has had a ventolin inhaler since he was hospitalised with viral wheeze when he was 2. He uses his inhaler only occasionally if he has a cold, etc.

What would you put on the forms? I'm thinking 'no'?

Fffion Mon 25-Sep-17 17:42:16

WAVE. Don't say asthma.

LouieLou2013 Mon 25-Sep-17 17:43:29

Similar here. I just put down potential asthma

Sickofthinkingofnewnames Mon 25-Sep-17 17:52:44

Does he have a preventer / brown inhaler?I upgraded d's from viral wheeze to mild asthma at nursery when we needed a brown.unfortunatelyshe hasn't grown out of it and now has occasionally full blown asthma attacks and takes singulair

Mittensandmuffins Mon 25-Sep-17 17:56:06

sickof no, no brown inhaler, just the blue ventolin for occasional use.

shushpenfold Mon 25-Sep-17 17:56:47

Not usually. My DD2 has had the asthma test and isn't, but has the ventolin inhaler for viral wheeze. We've just advised the school of exactly that and they were fine.

Fffion Tue 26-Sep-17 18:15:06

My DD had WAVE from 1 - 4.5 - very brittle with lots of nights in hospital.

I made the mistake of ticking the asthma box on school admission forms and, although her last episode was <5, she was not allowed on school trips without an in-date inhaler. I had to trouble the GP for this when she was perfectly well.

The problem resolved when she went to senior school, fortunately.

ForgivenessIsDivine Mon 02-Oct-17 09:31:13

The nasal flu vaccine is not recommended for all asthma sufferers. I would ask the GP if they would recommend the flu jab instead for your son on the basis of the viral wheeze and occasional ongoing wheezing and then fill in the form accordingly. I would also factor in Ffion's comments about needing an indate inhaler at school and consider whether given your son's history (which you and the GP will know), whether you think he needs to have an inhaler at school / on trips.

Olympiathequeen Sat 07-Oct-17 12:13:41

Ds2 is the same and school insist he takes his inhaler to school every day even when he’s not having a viral wheeze. GP says it’s not asthma.

PlugUgly1980 Sat 07-Oct-17 13:52:24

My 3 year old has multi-trigger wheeze (although primarily virally induced). She has a blue and brown inhaler and is on an ongoing daily dose of Montelukast with hospital consultant lead care. She’s not officially diagnosed asthmatic due to her age, but the Consultant has said its highly probably given how she presents and our family history. For Nursery firms I always say asthmatic. She has an inhaler to be left at Nursery all the time which must be taken with them on walks, trips, etc. She also can’t have the nasal flu vaccine so must have the injection instead. So I think it depends. I have to say, I’m surprised at people saying where there’s any history of wheezing that you’re happy for them not to have an inhaler at school, but I guess my view is probably tainted as I’ve seen my toddler start with a cold in the morning and be hospitalised with wheezing later the same day.

babyharibo17 Sun 08-Oct-17 08:18:27

Why would you not put it on the form?
Surely it's better to have to bother the GP for news inhalers just in case he does have an attack confused

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