My daughter is 3 in the summer.
She has asthma, diagnosed with at the age of 18mths. She doesnt have wheezt attacks, but severe coughing fits that sometimes last a few hours on and off.
We met an asthma nurse last week which was lovely to finally get some proper advice of how we should be using our inhalers and what to look out for etc. My daughter was healthy and fit then. But on Monday evening she just started coughing. It came from nowhere. She was awake most of Monday night, as was I. She was reluctant to use her spacer by middle of the night and I just concentrated on keeping her calm and soothing her with cuddles. By Tuesday morning she was absolutely worn out as you can imagine. She was still coughing and couldnt eat any breakfast. I saw the GP mid morning who diagnosed her with a bacterial infection of some sort, as she had a temperature also.
We came away with a prescription for antibiotics. The asthma nurse called to visit us that afternoon. After quick examination, she soon diagnosed that my daughter didnt have a chest infection as she was wheezing and not rattling. She also told me that with my daughter breathing her chest right in and tummy right out, displayed signs that she had suffered an asthma attack. Advised me to take the emergency prescription for steroid tablets, which we did and started on those that afternoon.
By last night, she'd perked up a bit, eaten all her tea, and although I hadnt expected it, she slept through the night with just the occasional cough.
Today however, although seeming much brighter this morning, she's dipped in and out of this coughing, exhausted state and again she's been reluctant to use the spacer.
She's been having 30 seconds or more of constant coughing when she starts. She is fast asleep now happily and seems fine. I can only hope it continues.
She'll have the final dose of steroid in the morning and we're expecting a call from the nurse sometime tomorrow. But shouldnt the steroids have had more effect by now?
I am concerned because I don't know what to look for in my daughter, and know when it's an emergency and call 999. The asthma nurse is lovely and said I can call her anytime (within working hours), but Im afraid to call an out of hours doctor if she has a bad night, incase they miss the asthma completely like the GP on Tuesday did.