My son is 6 and as a younger child had several bad episodes of asthma and was hospitilised on occassions. On the last of those occassions he had an attack and we hadn't even realised how bad the attack was until we took him to the out of hours unit and the nurse called an ambulance straight away for us to be rushed to A & E.
He NEVER wheezes when having asthma but he does cough. He has a preventer and a reliever. When he looks like he is going to be bad we take him to the dr and he gives him steroids to prevent it getting worse. The last trip to hospital scared us. On that occassion he wasn't coughing he was just very tired and his breathing was quite shallow. because he was still we didn't realise how much he was struggling to get air in - we just thought he was tired and had a bad cold.
He hasn't had a really bad episode for about 2 years because if he looks like he is getting a cold or having an increase in symptoms we have followed the asthma plan and increased the preventor and given the reliever.
I do not feel very confident in assessing my sons asthma and I worry especially at night. If he has asthma then it can disturb him with the coughing BUT -
My question is this - if he is asleep and had a very bad attack - ie shallow breathing and struggling to get air in would he be able to wake up to alert us?
He has been coughing a lot today and we have given him reliever and extra doses of preventer but he has gone to bed and gone straight to sleep - I've checked on him a few times already and he just seems very still and peaceful?! I am not finding it very reassuring. Any advice would be welcome