First, today is not forever. Asthma waxes and wanes so the meds may not be here forever.
If he needs the meds use them. They are MUCH better and safer than oral steroids, which will be the next step if he keeps getting worse.
Keep him out of the ER and off oral steroids by giving him those inhalers for now.
I had asthma back before any of these meds were on the market--I have permanent scarring and lung damage from being so sick all the time. This nothing to play around with. If he is fighting to breath on a regular basis this = scarring which means he won't be as resilient as he ages to more serious illnesses like pneumonia.
The natural remedies out there are not well studied ime. I have not found anything I would be willing to swap out meds for, at least not yet and I have spent years reading and studying this stuff.
Lobelia (sp?) and muellin or mullein seem to be the two most mentioned natural remedies. Querectin (sp?) is a natural anti-inflammatory used for allergies and sometimes recommended for asthma, but I'm not sure if kids can take it. It also takes several weeks to build up in the system and be effective.
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