Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Zozo | 2012/02/09



Doc, my asthmatic 6yrs old son started school this year. He is on seretide pump, nasonex, singulair, deselex syrup and a berotec pump when he is coughing. He was adimitted in hospital for broncho pneumonia twice last year with severe bouts of flu in between.There''s a cat in his class at school (I explained to him to stay away from it)and he has swimming lessons once a week and loves swimming. For the past 3 weeks he is coughing on and off and in the past 2days its getting worse, especially in the early hours of the morning. I read that swiming classes are good for asthma people. I''m also concerned about the cat. Are you happy with his medication? Should he continue with the swimming?

Expert's Reply



You have set out your concerns about your son very well. I agree with you that it is avery bad idea to have a cat at school as cats often cause allergies in allergic children and may certainly aggravate asthma. Please ask the teacher to remove the cat from the school. Your son is on excellent medicines for his asthma yet he is not doing well and is having problems with asthma at night. Is he using a spacer with the Seretide pump? He must use an effective spacer such as an Aerochamber spacer that has a blue colour.
Swimming is indeed very good for children with asthma and your son should be encouraged to swim regularly. It will help him to learn how to control his breathing and will also help to develop the muscles of his chest.
If your son continues to have such troublesome symptoms of asthma he should be seen by a paediatric allergist so that he can be properly tested and placed on the best treatment for his asthma.

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