How can my child get cured of wheezing?
Q: My 4.3-year-old daughter has been diagnosed with wheezing. The symptoms are that she gets cough every month. This happens mostly in winter and when climate changes. The doctor has advised to take Derihaler (Salbutamol); two puffs in the morning and evening for six months daily and Flohale 50 (Fluticasone Propionate) inhaler every four hour in case of cough. I have the following questions: (1) Are there any side effects of these medicines? (2) Will she get cured of wheezing? (3) How long it may take to get cured? (4) Will she get addicted to these medicines? (5) If she gets cured, will there be an attack again?
A:Your daughter seems to be suffering from Hyper-reactive disease, which is commonly referred to as wheezing. Most of the babies suffering from this disease do well with inhaled medicines, which are usually much safer than the oral medicines. Some of these babies may require inhaled medicines for prolonged periods, which is perfectly fine. There is no permanent medicinal cure for this condition, however, many of these babies outgrow this and become fine beyond the age of 8-10 years. Few babies may have intermittent symptoms even later on. There is no addiction to these medicines, and if the baby needs the medicines for a longer period, these should be given.