My daughter (now 3yrs) was diagnosed with asthma in September after a period of her having many coughs which kept her up and night and pretty much caused her to drown on mucus.
She has caught this cold that everybody seems to have at the moment with a very bad / horrible chesty cough. Up to now she has been fine with it, with us only having to use her blue inhaler a couple of times. However on thursday night she suddenly began having problems. A cough started shortly after her bedtime which slow built to a cough similar to how she is with asthma but this time she coughed some much she brought up a good handful of thick foamy mucus, sounds horrible but it was so thick it was like glue and very stringy. We managed to settle her after around an hour of distraction and tv! But at about 1.30 am she started to cough again, quickly becoming more regular building up to again a very wet and persistent cough to the point where she could not speak a whole sentence with out coughing.
To cut a long story short she is now on steroids and started these yesterday morning.
Last night she had a better night, but my wife ended up sleeping on her bedroom floor as she kept coughing and we were nervous about it becoming another flare up so kept giving her some inhaler.
My question is, how do we tell the difference between a cough from a cold and a cold caused by asthma? Her asthma cough does tend to be very wet to the point where she seems to be drowning in mucus and gets worse and worse to the point that she can not breathe. But it's does start like a normal cough. The cough she has had during today is hacking mucus type cough and she has done this a couple of times since going to bed. Do we react and give her inhaler everytime she coughs or is there a way to tell which is which?
Sorry for the long post!