Originally Answered: Asthma IM SO SCARED?
I know just how you feel. Well, maybe I don't, because I am in the position of your child. But my mom has been suffering with the same fears and the panic that you are for three years now. I have had asthma my entire life, but it has progressed into EXTREMELY severe asthma these past three years. I am telling you this so you understand you are not alone. There are even support groups for parents of children with asthmatics.
Here is my advice to you.
1.) If you ever feel in over your head, or you aren't sure what is going on with your child's breathing, call 911 immediately. It is ALWAYS better safe than sorry.
2.) I don't know how old your child is, but he or she needs a peak-flow-meter if he/she doesn't have one. Monitor the readings periodically, and check them before he/she goes to bed, before and after treatments, and every few hours or so.
3.) take an active role in treatment. Do research and ask questions.
4.) Never guess about treatment. Follow doctor's orders to the letter.
5.) Talk with teachers, have them keep an eye out, and even your child's friends can help out. I know mine are always watching out for me.
6.) As for sleeping, asthmatics typically cough when they are having a problem. Keep your child's door open and sleep near by so you can hear if there is a problem. Wake him/her up every 4 hours for a treatment, to keep breathing under control. It may be kind of a pain, but it's necessary. Check peak flow meter readings then too. You could also use a baby monitor to hear coughing or unusual wheezing.
Good luck, and hang in there with your child!
If you have blue cross insurance there is a program you should look into where you can be in contact constantly with a nurse for questions and advice.
Oh and good asthma meds that have worked for me include:
(For controller Meds)
For Chronic Coughing without wheezing or asthma symptoms
Lydocain (spelling I believe is incorrect)
Watch out for wheezing, blue nails and lips, funny noises when breathing, constant coughing, chestpain
If your child experiences these you should call a doctor or 911. Especialy with the blue nails / lips. That is an automatic 911