Asthma & my little girl

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)

 
Chloe doesn’t suffer eczema as yet and there’s no real signs of hayfever however I’ve always felt she might be the one to suffer more chest problems. She is far more prone to coughs and colds than Ben and has been since she was tiny.  Her cold will often drop to her chest becoming a nasty lingering dry cough which keeps her up at night.   I’ve spoken to my asthma nurse in the past and expressed concern that I felt Chloe might be heading down that path and she agreed that we would need to keep a close eye on her.
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.

Weeks later this cough was sill raising it’s ugly head and causing problems during the night – not every night but enough that it was disturbing her sleep and making her very tired.  One night she was sat up in bed sobbing her heart out with it – but still fast asleep so there was absolutely nothing I could do to comfort her.   I could hear that night that she was wheezing so I made the decision that after the holidays I would take her to the Dr. I lay in bed worrying about her, knowing how awful it feels to not be able to breath properly.

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. 

 
blue inhaler
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The Dr we saw wasn’t one I’d met before but she was lovely and listened carefully to my concerns whilst I described the symptoms which I felt demonstrated my little lady needed some help.  The Dr gave her a good check over and couldn’t hear any wheeze herself at that time, she explained that the cough Chloe was suffering could just be viral and left over from her illness earlier in the month.  She said she would prescribe Chloe an inhaler but that they don’t diagnose asthma in children till much later as it was difficult to judge and test in such young ones.  We were asked to keep a diary and make an appointment for the breathing clinic where the asthma nurse would assess the situation.  

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. 

10 Comments

  1. January 15, 2015 / 10:57 pm

    My eldest brother had asthma and growing up we seemed forever at the hospital. I hope Chloe's ok, I'll be thinking of you tomorrow x

    • January 16, 2015 / 10:09 am

      Thanks Donna x

  2. January 16, 2015 / 9:06 am

    Aww. I hope she is feeling better soon. I wasn't diagnosed with asthma until just last year and I have struggled with breathing all my life. I would hate for one of mine to have it too – as you know it isn't nice, Alice can get pretty wheezy when she has a cold.. However, looking on the positive side – it is controllable, hope you get some good news at the appointment xxx

    • January 16, 2015 / 10:12 am

      I started with a bit of a wheeze in my early teens but it wasn't until my early twenties as a student that it really took hold – I seemed to grow into it rather than the other way round!
      x

  3. Karen Monkeyfooted Mummy
    January 16, 2015 / 5:17 pm

    My biggest little had to use an inhaler from around 2.5yrs after a particularly bad chest infection. She used it for about a year but seems thankfully to have grown out of it. Our doc said the same thing that a diagnosis of asthma so young isn't common

    We had to give stickers for every use of the inhaler as she hated it

    • January 16, 2015 / 10:02 pm

      Thankfully she's really good at taking it at the moment – I think she knows it's worth it as she'll feel better afterwards.

  4. January 18, 2015 / 9:05 am

    We went through a lot of this with Luka and he had inhalers despite doctors being unable to diagnose until the age of 6 I think they said. He is fine now. Hope all is well for you x x x x

  5. January 18, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    Fingers crossed it isn't, but will be better to be diagnosed early if she is. Hope all is well. K #sharefriday

  6. katefever
    January 19, 2015 / 10:09 am

    Bless her. As you know, my boys have asthma and it can be really scary, especially when they are little. Hopefully she will not need the inhaler for long.

  7. January 19, 2015 / 10:11 am

    I was diagnosed asthmatic basicallly just from endless coughing. I hope the drugs fix it for her quickly! x

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