I am posting here in desperation for advice and support. My daughter is five and was diagnosed with asthma at the age of three. She usually suffers with coughing brought on by exercise and colds. She was put on Montelukast at Christmas having had two chest infections back to back equalling three weeks off school and three weeks of next to no sleep for my husband and I.
Her symptoms usually start with coughing moving on to coughing with a retch at the end and ending with choking (literally). She has missed an ambulance call by a hairs breadth a couple of times before only because a sharp bang on the back has cleared the blockage (probably mucus).
Anyway, the coughinh started up this week and I thought ""uh oh, chest infection again"". I took her to the docs who said her chest was clear (last night). This morning her coughing was bad and this time her inhalar did nothing to help. The doc was called again bu her chest is still clear. Plus she has no temperature or other symptoms of an infection or cold.
They said her asthma is out of control and put her on soluble steroid tablets til Monday. The question is:- Why? why now and to this degree? She has not had a proper meal since yesterday and has mostly either slept, had her head over a bucket (mostly spit) or been staring into space (while coughing). She has maybe 30 seconds breather between each bout of coughing and its frankly quite disturbing for me. The only new things we have had int he house is a new teddy from build a bear which she got on Sunday (the day before the coughing started) and five mice which we have had for two and a half months. The mice live on cardboard with is dust extracted and she has been fine around them so far. She doesn't handle them either. Middle of last week I did add a cotton pod to the cage which contains natural raw cotton for them to nest in. We had a dog before and she has been around other animals too without issue so I am loathe to think it is the mice themselves.
Any thoughts on what the trigger could be? I am strongly thinking the teddy as she slept with it that night but I am open to suggestions. I am so used to this being the result of a cold or infection that it has thrown me completely.