Childhood Diseases

Posted by: asthmamom | 2009-05-31


use of ventolin

Dr my son, age 5yr, is using Flixotide 2 puffs twice daily together with Ventolin, one puff, twice daily. This is how we usually use it, but dr said that if his chest starts sounding better, less caughing and running without shortness of breath we can stop the ventolin and only use when necessary...What I want to know...I' m giving the ventolin 2 daily because he had bad bronchitis one week ago....Does the ventolin help for a prolonged period, like when I give it in the morning before school, when he is not coughing, will this help for later in the day when they do some running, ect. At the moment I give it as prevention...Is this the way this meds work? Or is it only working for short periods, when needed? How do I know when to give the ventolin or when not having a acute asthma attack...My son had never had a bad asthma attack before...He only starts coughing badly and some shortness of breath, not even wheezing.....Last question...can the use of chronic asthma meds prevent a child who easily gets lung infection help prevent this infection.....Thanx

Expert's Reply



Your son has been diagnosed as having asthma. The main medicine to prevent and treat this illness is the use of Flixotide. This medicine is often called the 'preventer' medicine. The Ventolin should be regarded as being the 'reliever' medicine. Ventolin must only be used if your son starts to cough or you hear him wheezing [a whistleing sound] when he breathes. Do not use it routinely, only the Flixotide must be used every day. Ventolin has a fairly short action of about 4 to 6 hours and for that reason should be used as needed. Asthma medicines will not prevent your son from getting a chest infection.

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