When my son gets a cold, it is almost always accompanied by a cough. This cough is quite difficult to shake off. Now he is in the middle of a cold and as always, the cough is there. This time though there is a major difference. He has been waking up in the middle of the night coughing badly for 1 straight hour with very short intermittent gaps. I took him to the doctor the next day and he prescribed albuterol in liquid form. I’m quite reluctant to give it to him though because he hasn’t been diagnosed with asthma as such. One when another doctor in the same group prescribed this drug, I never filled out the prescription fearing the side effects. The pharmacist says it can make the hyper. Anyway this time, I decided to go ahead because his cough was really bad and the doctor told me that if I was so anxious then I could just give him ½ a teaspoon instead of thrice a day as prescribed. If such a low dose works then I need to keep it with me and give it to him only when needed. Is there anyone out there who can tell me that albuterol is not going to make any trouble for my son?
When I was small I had asthma, it used to recur at the same time each year. After a few years of having these episodes, I stopped getting them. Likewise, I have hopes fuelled my son’s doctor that one day he will stop getting his attacks especially since his attacks come only with a cold. People out there agree with me don’t you?