Last week Little B had an appointment with his pediatrician to get his asthma medications re-evaluated. He has never been officially diagnosed with asthma but he has been treated for asthma ever since he was six months old. I am very thankful that Little B has not had any asthma flare ups in quite a long time but it was something that was a struggle when he was younger.
The worst time period was when he was six months old till he turned one. We were constantly giving him breathing treatments and taking him to the doctor. By constant I mean we were at the doctor’s office at least once a week and most weeks involved around the clock breathing treatments. It was a very scary and exhausting six months of my life. There is nothing worse than seeing your once healthy child struggling to breathe normally. It is probably for that reason that to this day I still check on him before I go to bed at night to make sure that he is breathing.
When he turned one his asthma was more under control thanks to his medications. From one until about the time he turned three he would have asthma flare ups on occasion but nothing like what we had experienced before. At this point we have had a year or more without any asthma issues and as I expected, his doctor gave us the green light to start taking him off of his medications. I have mixed feelings about it. Of course I do not want him taking medication that is not necessary. Especially since one of his medications is a steroid. But on the other hand, I do not want to see him go back to how he was at 6 months of age. Not to mention, I am not with him every moment of the day to ensure that he is breathing fine. I have to trust that when he is in the care of school, daycare, etc that they will be observant about his breathing.
Little B’s pediatrician put together an asthma action plan for us to follow that will hopefully keep everything in check if his asthma flares up (knock on wood that it doesn’t) as we start taking him off of his medications. I will be giving a copy to everyone that takes care of him so they will know what to do should a situation arise.
We have currently stopped giving Little B his Singulair. If he does well off of that then at the end of October we will stop giving him his nightly breathing treatment of Pulmicort (the steroid). We will always keep both of these medications on hand in addition to Albuterol (which is used during an attack) until we can confirm that he has indeed outgrown his asthma. And maybe even then I’ll still keep it around just in case as my security blanket.
Have you or a loved one struggled with asthma? How have you dealt with it?