I am totally confused and fed up. my 3 year old son has had a cold since Saturday, But as far as I am aware had been settled at night. I thought it was a bit too good too be true. Sunday evening I could hear a slight wheeze so I decided to sleep in with him, I was glad I did as it did get louder and I was able to give him his inhaler through the night. He woke up fine as usual and played all day with very few symptoms, just a runny nose and a cough.
Monday night he fell asleep about 8pm and quickly became very wheezy/crackly, loud enough to hear him in the next room and I could see a lot of movement in his tummy as he was working harder to breath, at this point we decided to get him seen and it was 9.50 when I phoned the out of hours dr.s, they must have been busy as it took an hour for a dr to phone back and then another 10 minutes for some one to ring and tell be I could bring him down at 1am!!!! I was not happy and took him straight to A&E, probably what I should have done in the first place but last time I took him to A&E at night I waited over an hour to see a dr. Anyway I got to A&E about 11.30 and he was seen really quickly by a nurse and then a dr, by this point as usual he was breathing ok and a lot quieter, but I presume the dr must have noticed something as he said to give 10puffs of salbutermol and he would listen again. It was about an hour later and the poor kid had fell back asleep on the bench, you could here the crackling noise starting up again but not as bad and when he listened he said he sounded clear and the crackle noise was normal cold noises. I am so confused, every time he gets a cold he gets like this and I know it is not normal, his twin has had the same cold and had had some similar asthma symptoms with it but he has not given me any concern over night, he has slept very well and settled with only a very slight quiet wheeze.
This situation is becoming a regular thing, he had 3 colds in may and I had many sleepless nights, one in June and now this one, I dread to think what the autumn/winter will bring if he is this bad over the summer and he is on his max medication for his age. If only gp's came out to you, then they would see what he is really like asleep undisturbed and I wouldn't have to drag the poor kid out! I am going to go back to gp with him and hopefully get a referral this time. If anyone has any advice or support it would be gratefully received! I feel I am in a no win situation, I can't just leave him like that through the night, not knowing if it will get worse, but when I get him up he improves and it all feels like a waste of time dragging the poor thing out of bed and us both feeling exhausted.
Sorry it's so long and Thanks for reading.