Hello - my son (nearly 22 months) has been diagnosed with asthma. It's no surprise, really, since my entire family and most of DH's family also has it. I had just hoped that we'd have a few years before all of this started.
The nebulizer was a joke. Maybe I'm a bad mom, but I'm refusing to use it. It took three adults to restrain him enough to use it. He was seriously hysterical & I just can't do that to him every 4-6 hours around the clock. It got to the point where he would get hysterical if he SAW the machine.
So - they gave me an inhaler with a spacer (a $64 plastic tube
: ). I'm supposed to leave it on for 6 breaths & I'm failing miserably at that, too.
He's not old enough to understand what is going on. I've tried to make it "fun" - like playing a trumpet, etc. I've let him see me doing my inhaler & he thinks that is great entertainment, but he won't have anything to do with his.
How do you get a toddler to take inhaled meds? I rarely give him medicines, but when I do, he loves it. He has never spit anything out....
The asthma is pretty terrible, otherwise, I'd just let it go. You can see him straining to breathe when he has his shirt off. I can hear him wheezing across the room.
Any ideas are appreciated...
Also - any ideas for natural & safe things to prevent any flare ups? Other than getting rid of the triggers, of course...