I totally sympathise with you. My daughter only has problems when she gets a cold, but when she does (and at 3 it's about every 3 weeks in the winter) then I lose several nights sleep. Most people see her during teh day when she appears pretty good so I get very little sympathy. Luckily for me we have a dedicated asthma nurse at our GP. My problem is gettting any inhaler into her during teh night - the poor thing is soo tired with all the coughing and lack of oxygen that she gets very upset to be woken up to take an inhaler. Meanwhile I lie awake for hours listening to the shallowness of her breathing and not daring to go to sleep for fear of things worsening. I just hold the inhaler near her and hope that some of it goes in. Does anyone have any ideas how to get reliever into a sleeping child?!