Hi, I'm Astra. My 6 year old daughter developed asthma on Christmas Day after we'd been at my parents' for a few hours and she had been playing with their dog. She's never really played with the dog before as she's been scared of it. the last couple of times we've been over she has got closer to the dog and touched him a few times and looking back she was very sneezy afterwards. But on Christmas Day she went really breathless and just went downhill so quickly, it was scary. We spent a couple of hours in casualty that afternoon and again later that night as she went downhill again after going back to my parents' house, the following day, although we left their house and went to my in-laws, we still had to divert via a hospital as she was still really struggling. My husband has asthma and eczema and has to drug himself up to the eyeballs to survive a trip to my folks' but we've never had a problem with our daughter. She gets hayfever but that's all. The thing is, it is blindingly obvious to us what has happened but my parents are fuming with me for ""blaming"" their dog and thereby ruining Christmas!! They are adamant that she has been around the dog since she was a baby and therefore can't be allergic to him. I have tried to argue that in fact she has never touched the dog until recently, and that, anyway, allergies can come on at any time - I didn't get hayfever till I was 27! But they are not having it.
Any thoughts and/or suggestions???