Hi, all. My little girl is three and has had continuous chest infections and other symptoms for a year now. On Friday she get very poorly: unable to talk, lethargic, didn't want to talk, eat or play. I took her to the doctors and was sent straight to hospital where she had to stay over night and was given a nebuliser every couple of hours.
We're home now and finally have a diagnosis: asthma. I knew it was coming and am glad to finally have an answer and something to (hopefully) prevent further attacks (she's on oral steroids for the next few days, steroid inhalers twice a day for as long as necessary and sabutamol inhalers when needed) but now I've realised I don't know the first thing about asthma. The only person I know with asthma is my big sister but she didn't develop it until adulthood.
She's not due to see the specialist until January.
What next?! I should have asked at the hospital but I was so tired from not sleeping and worried about my daughter I forgot to ask all the most obvious questions.
Can we still use aerosols in the house or are they a no-no?
Will plug in air freshmers affect her?
Can I still take her out in very cold weather? (We're a very active family and like to be out of the house most of the time!)
Am I suposed to restrict her level of activity?
Anybody else got a child as young as this with asthma? How does it affect day to day life?
How dangerous is asthma?
Also we have two cats. My Mum-in-law will not shut up about me getting rid of them! My little girl loves the cats and it would break her heart to have to give them up.
They're short hair cats. My Mum has a long hair cat and two shorthairs and whenever we go to her house the long hair cat sets me off sneezing and makes my face itch and hurt. My daughter, on the other hand, is not affected at all by my Mum's cats. Surely is my cats were a problem my Mum's cats would affect her too? I really don't want to have to get rid of the cats!
My husband smokes. He's not allowed to smoke in the house or anywhere near the children but I'm still sure cigarette smoke on his clothes etc will not be helping our little girl. He and his Mum (the one who thinks the cats are a problem) refuse to accept this. They both say there's no way him smoking outside could affect my daughter. Is this true? Can third hand smoke on clothes make my daughter's asthma worse or will she really be fine with it so long as he doesn't smoke near her?
Sorry for long post, there's just so much I don't know and I'm feeling pretty helpless right now!