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    Default Asthma in toddlers...

    DS has occasional asthma. He has a blue puffer which we occasionally use. The past 2 days he has had cough which persists and we have treated with his puffer. It is keeping him up at night too and seems to be on going.

    I guess I'm wondering about how you know when it's getting worse? When do you take kids with asthma to emergency?

    I feel a bit irrational but I can't help but worry he's going to have an attack while in bed and we won't hear him

    How do others manage asthma in toddlers?

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    I was told to watch the bit in their neck where the v bone is (sorry I have no idea what it's called) and when that sinks in they are struggling to breath and that's when I head to emergency.

    I also have redipred on hand and I give that as soon as I see/hear the signs. My two youngest both suffer asthma/croup.

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    Talk to ur gp about getting an asthma action plan so u know the steps. Basically if ds didn't respond to the medication (it should work instantly unlike panadol that is digested etc) or require additional puffs within a 30min period he needed to go to the er.
    They won't think u are silly at all. Respiratory distress is as serious and potentially life threatening as anaphylactic shock and should be treated with great care.

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    Oh also call that 13health or 1300 health line. Gov based nurses that can asses medical symptoms over the phone and indicate how soon u need to seek treatment.

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    My experience with asthma in children is it's better to overreact than not. Doctors don't like officially diagnosing children now until they are older, and I think I let too much slide with my ds when he was younger. He is now 4 and his symptoms are worsening but it has been a nightmare getting him into specialists. I really wish I had more documented cases of me going in to see people about it when he was younger. He is on asthma medication now and it doesn't seem to be cutting it

    I hope your ds is ok.

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    Thanks for the replies! I called nurse on call and they did an assessment over the phone and we're now in emergency.

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    Glad you went to emergency. Not responding to ventolin is a bad sign. I know for me I can always breathe normally after 2 puffs so I haven't had to go down that path and I hope I don't. If I wake overnight with asthma it's a sign it isn't well controlled & that's when my GP gets me to start my preventer. But, plans are often different in kids and so I hope you end up with clear plans of what to do if ventolin doesn't work next time.

    My ds gets Croup & he's had 2 really bad bouts, the first one we were up & down to him all night (every hour or so) and he was very sick, but then would seem to settle & fall asleep, so we stayed home. Honestly, I have no idea why we didn't call the ambulance other than bubs was only 4 months old and was feeding overnight and so I thought I couldn't go to hospital (but dh could have). So, the next bad bout of Croup (12 months later ... thought he'd grown out of it ) we did have to call the ambulance. It was scary having him suddenly struggling to breathe in the middle of the night. The ambulance was there within a few minutes & we spent most of the night in hospital. He's had 3 bouts since then (in the last 4 months) and thankfully they haven't been so severe. We have a clear plan and we have the medicine ready to go and we know when to call the ambulance, so that helps, but it's still a bit scary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyla View Post
    Thanks for the replies! I called nurse on call and they did an assessment over the phone and we're now in emergency.
    Great to hear! I used to feel silly calling or heading to emergency. Especially since DS was always so lively and cheeky I felt they would look at me like I was imaging it or being a hypochondriac. But they always took it very seriously and the fact that we had to stay for a long time while he was administered more meds and once even admitted overnight was a sure sign we did the right thing to get him checked.

    Always trust your gut. And think 'if you don't do something and it turns worse.. Will u regret it?'
    Answer is usually yes. So peace of mind is always worth seeking. Best case scenario it's not that bad and they send you home. : )


 

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