Posted by: Michelle | 2009/02/19


3 year old with asthma

Hi there
Last March, my little girl who is now 3 and 3 months got pneumonia (which was established after a visit to my peadiatrician and chest x-rays). Since then she developed asthma (established after another visit to my pead) which really seems exercise induced (EIA) and not all the time. But also is worse in winter and is pretty well behaved in summer. However her chest is weak and has had bronchitis about 6/ 7 times since. As soon as she gets a cold/ flu it goes straight to her chest and turns quickly into bronchitis. Her asthma becomes bad during this period of sickness which lasts about 3 weeks.
The pead put her on Venteze (the short-acting beta2-agonists –  salbutamol) and she basically lives on Deselex and Nasonex.
Do you think this is sufficient treatment or should I seek further professional advice? If so, what type of doctor would I need to see? Is there someone you could recommend? (We live in Edenvale area but dont mind traveling).
My concern is that we are relocating to New Zealand in July to Wellington and I am worried about the cold and wet weather there all the time… .


Kind regards

Michelle Dunn

Expert's Reply



Your little girl is being inadequately treated for her asthma. In any case the diagnosis first needs to be confirmed as well. She should be seen by a paediatrician with an interest in respiratory illnesses and allergies. Try and get an appointment with Dr Andre van Niekerk or Dr Marilee Kriel at the Clinton Clinic in Alberton.Let me know if you are unable to see either of these doctors.

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Posted by: Amber | 2009/02/28

Hi there
we live in NZ now moved from Alberton and there are lots of Asthma clinics here - so she will be well cared for. They do a lot for kids and under 5' s are treated for free.
Good luck with your move and I hope your daughter gets the help she needs

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