Hello all! I am fairly new to the asthma world, with our daughter having a very scary episode in July that led to her diagnosis. She is just 2 1/2 years old. She and I both have caught a cough that is not very bad right now. I am pretty sure I got it FROM her. It's an irritating "scratchy throat" cough. Nothing that bothers me too much or that I'd blink an eye at a year ago prior to her diagnosis. I would just try to give her Zarbee's cough syrup and hope she we could get some sleep! Now with this new diagnosis, every tiny peep has my nerves on edge. Doctors don't seem to be overly helpful – it truly seems like they don't WANT to tell me the much because if they say something and then I don't watch her close they don't want to be caught in that web of liability. So nobody says what kinds of coughs to be wary of. Last night she coughed 4 or 5 times in a span of 15-20 mins and it started to sound like it could become what I consider irritable and noticeable so I gave her 3 puffs of her rescue inhaler. Honestly, she pretty much stopped coughing after that and fell asleep. (I am not sure why that would help a cough?)
Around 4am, I woke her up accidentally when I was checking on her, and she started coughing again. Nothing CRAZY but enough to fray my sensitive new-to-this nerves, so I gave her another dose of inhaler and again she fell asleep without issue.
Around 8:30 I gave her 2 more puffs and took her to her child care. I told her that I am able to leave work right away if I need to and she's been keeping in touch with me through the morning. Again, like I said, if it werent for this asthma monster, a normal parent wouldn't think twice about this cough more than likely. I don't know when I am over-reacting. I figure this first year or 2 is going to be a year of nerves and being overly paranoid.
I am just seeking a little guidance from those that came before us in this journey. Is EVERY cough one to be concerned about with asthma? I am guessing any cough can eventually trigger a bronchiospasm if it irritates the lungs /airways enough. Is that the main concern? If I am piecing all these doctors info together right, is this all basically trying to determine HOW sensitive her particular lungs and airways are to the action of coughing? To see if coughs easily trigger spasms or if they dont as easily spasm as some? Or maybe I am way off on this?
We have been to 3 doctors – our pediatrician, and 2 pulmonologists at Childrens Hospital of Pittsburgh and I still feel uncertain.