For those of you who have been on steroids/had kids on steroids, you know how this guy feels. You feel a little nuts-that's one of the side effects of the medicine.
Steroids are needed sometimes when asthma is getting really bad, and the doctor needs to get the swelling down in the lungs-fast! In our experience, steroids can sometimes help keep my kids out of the hospital. But, it wouldn't work every time for us, sometimes the kids would still end up in the hospital. (Actually, they have been admitted to the hospital 12 times for asthma...but that's another story for another day!)
We have a bottle of Prednisone at home for each of the kids. Asthma Doc knows that when my kids get sick, they go from a little sniffle to dangerously ill very fast! He has given me strict instructions of when to give the kids Prednisone. (Depending on how old your kids are, there is a liquid version or pill.) Sometimes the medicine would be enough to keep the swelling down in their lungs and we could avoid going to the hospital.
Other times, they would keep getting worse. So we would go back to Asthma Doc, and he would give them a SHOT of Decadron. Yep, not only is bad enough that you have a REALLY sick kid, but then they have to get a shot! Asthma Doc said that Decadron is a stronger steroid than Prednisone and by giving them a shot, it would get into their bodies and work quicker.
But be warned that if you or your child takes a steroid, there are some not-so-fun side effects.
Here are just a few from Webmd:
Doesn't that sound fun??!! Click on the link above to see all of the side effects.
Yes, there are some side effects, but that's why Prednisone and Decadron have been called a "necessary evil." Either my kids get the medicine, or they stop breathing. For us, it's pretty simple. Eventually, they start acting human again. There are days when they seem absolutely crazy!! Just know that it is just temporary, and you may have to adjust how you deal with your kids. (They really aren't in their "right minds!") You may have to just take a deep breathe and wait until the course of medicine is over. We also warn family members and friends so they don't think our kids have gone crazy.
Ask your doctor about it. Most doctors don't like to give steroids unless they absolutely have to. And you have to follow the instructions VERY CAREFULLY. It's important that you "taper down" (slowly decrease the doses) If you stop suddenly, it can cause more problems for you.
But, steroids can do wonders for asthma. Hopefully you won't ever need to use it, but if you do and you think you/your child is losing their mind. Just know that's only temporary! Good luck!!