Being pretty asthmatic myself I’ve always been very conscious of the fact this “trait” could have been passed to my children. Of course I wouldn’t wish it on anyone and feel guilty at even the thought that one of my babies might struggle in any way with their breathing.
Ben suffers quite badly from eczema, though it was much worse as a toddler and we’ve pretty much sussed the best way to treat it now (Aveeno is the cream of the Gods if you’re wondering). He suffers with mild hayfever too but shows no signs of asthma. (These things are often linked)
|My little girl|
Back in December Chloe had a really bad cold, I think in hindsight she would have benefited from a couple of days off school but I kept sending her in! Anyway her cold soon became a nasty cough and made her very miserable. We had tears on more than one occasion because “I don’t want my bad cough anymore”. We tried all the usual tricks – Vicks on her feet, a damp cloth on the radiator for moisture in the air etc but her cough was still disturbing her at night.
On Boxing Day she suffered quite a prolonged coughing fit, she was really upset by it and came to cuddle up on my knee and I could hear she was struggling to catch her breath. Once she settled down the wheezing passed but of course this prompted me to phone the Dr sooner rather than later and I got her an appointment made as soon as everything was open again after Christmas.
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Chloe has used her inhaler several times since it was prescribed a few weeks ago. I’ve discovered that trying to give it to her when she’s asleep isn’t easy at all. Thankfully when she’s awake she’s very sensible about taking it. My biggest concern is that she has needed to use it twice during the day – which rings alarm bells for me (as asthma is often worse at night).
We have her first appointment at the breathing clinic tomorrow afternoon so I’ll let you know how things go.