Annie - posted on 12/08/2009 ( 5 moms have responded )
Hi! My son was a born 11 weeks early with an abdominal defect that required 3 surgeries before he was 2 months old, and as if that wasn't enough, the poor critter got RSV when he was 10 months old, which his doctor says is the cause of his "seasonal" asthma. :-( He is currently prescribed albuterol and pulmicort to be used "when necessary." My question is when is it necessary? He's only had 2 attacks where we've had to take him to the doctor, and even in the middle of those attacks, his O2 saturation was 98%. I know they say to look for tugging of the ribs, panting, dry coughing and wheezing as signs that he's struggling to catch his breath. However, at what point do I start routinely giving him his preventative medicine, the pulmicort, and when does he NEED his albuterol? I'm not anti-medication, I just don't want to overdo it if he's able to work it out on his own. His seasonal allergies bother him in the spring (flowering trees, we think) and sinus drainage in the fall aggravates his asthma, too. How do I tell when it's just a little congestion botching things up or when he's fixing to have a big attack?
My mother-in-law, being a Granny, is more apt to stick him on the nebulizer at the slightest cough, but I'm a little more gun-shy in the medication department.
Sorry to be kinda confusing, I just hope y'all have some real experiences similar to what I'm going through and can offer a little advice!