This week our house has been filled with coughing. LM has asthma and some weeks, even though she seems fine in herself she spends a few days hacking her lungs up. It has been quite a warm, close week, weather wise so I think that might not be helping. When she gets like this we’ve been advised to give her up 10 pumps of her blue pump as that is the equivalent of using a nebuliser (please do not do this unless you have been advised to by your own doctor). She hates doing this though as it makes her all lightheaded and her heart races.
I hate to listen to her coughing through the night, some mornings she feels like she’s been beaten up, her ribs hurt so much. Luckily, today she seems to be on the mend, I’m wondering if the rain yesterday might be something to do with it. Whatever it is I hope that’s it for a few weeks now. We have half term holidays this week so I don’t want her poorly, we’re not going away but would like to take them on a few day trips if the weather holds. Plus school holidays are miserable if your not well!
O has also been coughing this week too. On Thursday I took him to mothers and toddlers, the cough had been minor for a few days so didn’t think anything of it. About half an hour before we were due to leave I sat on the mats with the rest of the younger babies mums to feed him. He nursed for a few minutes then with a groan and a moan, dragged himself off my lap and snuggled onto the big playmat on the floor and fell asleep bum up in the air and his face buried in his arms. It’s not the first time he’s fallen asleep there but never quite so dramatically!
When I picked him up to get him dressed he was a little warm. I managed to get him in the car still mostly asleep which is unheard of!
By the time we got home (about 3 minutes car ride) his skin was all clammy, he was boiling hot and was really coughing quite badly. He was awake but very drowsy and looked like he was feeling very sorry for himself.
By the time I had found the thermometer at the bottom of the medicine drawer his temperature was 38.8 degrees. I usually like to let a low grade temperature work it’s magic on illnesses and hold off on medicine as long as possible, but he had gone downhill so fast and it was so high, I gave him a dose of Paracetamol. We spent the next few hours snuggling and feeding on the sofa until it was time to pick the kids up.
His temperature was completely gone by Friday morning and he seems like he’s feeling a lot better now, but his cough is still hanging round. It’s one of those throaty coughs, not a chesty one at all. It is even waking him up and he cries sometimes like his throat hurts when he’s coughed a lot. Fingers crossed it will go in a few days too.Do you have a child with asthma? Or maybe you have asthma. Do you find the weather can cause symptoms to worsen? Let me know below.