‘Tis the season …of seasonal asthma, colds and viruses.

No sooner had we all gushed about relishing digging out our jeans and boots, and instagramming beautiful photos of orange leaves, then we are cursing this damn season for the other joys it brings.

Pre children, the biggest dilemma a cough or cold brought was whether my snotty nose could justify a duvet day, or whether it would be a career limiting move, frowned upon by my colleagues.

As a new mum, I remember agonising whether I should cancel every play date or outing to a park, children’s centre or soft play at the very sight of a snotty nose.

We have certainly come a long way since then.

Two children, countless nights of lost sleep , multiple trips to the GP to hear ‘it’s viral’, the odd decision not to go to the GP because it’s probably viral, then finding out its a chest infection, and a very sketchy loose diagnosis of seasonal asthma.

Our first baby started coughing one night at around seven months (September) and pretty much, coughed every night until Spring. No exaggeration.

That first autumn winter season I lost count of how many tired anxious visits to the doctors we made. Sometimes we’d be given antibiotics, most times we’d be sent away empty handed and a diagnosis of vital brochiolitis. Everyone commented constantly on her ‘rattly chest’ and we googled every condition imaginable. She was however happy, not unwell, no temperature. She just coughed, a lot.

Eventually we pushed for a referral to a specialist, who put us through a horrendous pin prick allergy test (inconclusive) and a blood test (involving catching dripping blood in a tube) which the sample was lost (we declined a repeat).

They couldn’t diagnose asthma in one so young, but gave us an inhaler to try. We felt it did nothing, the cough remained.

Until spring, when the sunshine reappeared. And with it, quiet nights once more.

Each year has circled in a similar pattern in the three years since then. She has certainly improved with age, but the slightest cold will always go straight to her chest. And now, so will a burst of emotion or a particularly energetic run around. We stuck with the preventer and ventolin inhalers and I think now, we can see them having an effect.

This month both the girls have both been hit hard by the change in temperature – gp visit count is up to three, we have had a matching pair of bottles of amoxicillin, and had two quite poorly little girls the last week. Some days better than others, but at their worst, they have been rough, poor little pickles. Feverish temperatures, cough induced vomit, sleepless nights and generally not themselves. One ear infection, one chest infection.

I know so many of you reading this at in the same boat. It’s tough, on them, and on you. The frustration of being able to do nothing is wearing.

We have tried and tested every trick in the book over the years: prop the cot up at one end, steam up the bathroom, water, patting back, pillow under the mattress, snufflebabe, karvol, vicks, olbas… There’s no secret weapon that I’ve found yet, but it’s all worth a go. I have no idea what the right thing to do in these situations is….but Imgiess all I’ve learnt is to trust your Mothering instinct. If a 45 minute call to get a GP appointment, and a two hour wait to see him results in being told it’s not an infection, it’s not a waste of time if it puts your mind at rest.

Tigs has definitely improved with age for sure. She’ll go long periods of great nights before getting a spell of coughing again. Amazingly, most of the time she actually sleeps through her coughing fits. Us? Not so much.

I’m sure as their immune systems get more robust they will be able to fight off the seasonal bugs and viruses, and these long winter nights will become a distant memory. For now, being mum and dad means lots of cuddles, lots of calpol (we got through a large bottle in 5 days this week) and definitely take it in turns lay ins.

Get well soon all you kids out there

Oh, and mums too, if like me, you’ve had it also – sorry, mums don’t get to be ill, didn’t you know that?! 😉




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23 thoughts on “‘Tis the season …of seasonal asthma, colds and viruses.

  1. Sarah Howe (@RunJumpScrap) Reply

    Aww chick this is us at the moment. You feel so sorry for them and you are exhausted!! Poor you. It’s sounds like you have had a rough tin and fingers crossed all over before Christmas xx #fartglitter

    1. MMT Reply

      It better be all over by Christmas! A decent nights sleep is at the top of my list! And I’ve been a very good girl this year 🙂

  2. Mama Reply

    Yuck! I do enjoy private healthcare for this. Not long waits and no being told off about bringing our kid in with something viral. Hope everyone feels better soon. Even over here where the weather doesn’t really change we still have a cold and flu season. My wife has had a nasty cold for a week.

    Thanks so much for linking up to #fartglitter x

  3. motherhoodtherealdeal Reply

    Yup, hideous chick….we just have to resign ourselves to the fact that this is the way now until spring and it’s sucks like an old granny :/ #twinklytuesday

  4. Mess stress and fancy dress Reply

    My 4 year old has recurrent croup. As this pretty much only happens at night, its like a secret illness. It leaves us all feeling tired and frustrated. Sometimes we have to call an ambulance. Its so stressful but if you saw her in the daytime you wouldn’t suspect a thing. Its really hard to have a child with an illness which largely rears its head at night. People sympathise, but I often felt they thought we were making a fuss about nothing. We have a whole night time routine involving hot showers making steam and ibuprofen, anti-histamine steam machines and vicks on feet. I suspect none of it really does anything other than make me feeling like I am taking some kind of control over a situation which is essentially out of all of our controls. The medical answer is to wait for her to grow out of it and to ring an ambulance when she cant breathe. Its frustrating for everyone when there isn’t an answer (including our lovely doctor who really wishes she could solve our problems!) I really really feel for you. I hope you get through this winter season without too many incidents. xxxxx

    1. MMT Reply

      What you have described sounds exactly like our daughter. Although, her cough has never got to the point of needing A&E – just 111 a number of times who have encouraged us to wait till morning. We have also done the vicks on feet and room vaporizers. I think the whole household has just sort of got used to hearing a lot of coughing at night. As you say, people don’t realise how exhausting and distressing it is, as they always seem fine in the day. Comments like this one are what I love about blogging – knowing you aren’t alone! Hope you have a good night… x

  5. mackenzieglanville Reply

    my oldest has allergies and asthma, we find Spring in Melbourne very hard for her, my youngest gets very itchy eyes too. So hard. #coolmumclub

  6. Kyles Reply

    They lost the sample!??! I would have been furious!!! Poor little chicky. My little nephew constantly has croup and has had a few hospital stays – it’s so draining for him (and possibly even more so for his mum and dad). It’s such a nightmare when you can’t do anything and everything is inconclusive. Actually, I don’t think it’s right to say you can’t do anything. You can comfort and support and make sure they get rest. You can follow your instincts, as you say, and get them medical attention when you think it is warranted, or when you are unsure and want to be reassured. You can try to look after yourself too. That’s lots of things. Sounds like you’ve done it all. You’re doing a brilliant job. Your little people are lucky to have you. I hope a bit more growing cures all! #coolmumclub

  7. The Anxious Dragon Reply

    My eldest had amild form of asthma. He would cough all winter and often until he was sick. He was eventually prescribed inhalers and they made a small amount of difference. Im glsd to say by about the age of 8 or 9 he grew out of it. #Coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      8 or 9 months I hope (pray)…. 😉 x

      1. The Anxious Dragon Reply

        Alas not, years im afraid xx

  8. Silly Mummy Reply

    Aww. I love this time of year, but yes it is virus season, especially for little ones. Baby got a virus last week & came up head to toe in hives for two days! #coolmumclub

    1. MMT Reply

      It’s a shocker isn’t it? I think the mild weather is making it even more virulent this year! X

  9. mudpiefridays Reply

    It feels like Monkey has had a cold now for 4 weeks solid and I have had two myself no doubt shared. Thankfully we don’t have the coughing to worry about, must have been awful when she was little. I agree that if it puts your mind at rest its worth it xx

    1. MMT Reply

      Ugh it’s tough isn’t it! Girls seem better tonight and I feel like I’m going downhill! Can I call in sick tomorrow?! 😉 x

  10. mudpiefridays Reply

    opps should have said #fartglitter xx

  11. occupation:(m)other Reply

    This is such a bad time of year for those things….the remedies are all very familiar! Hope you get some respite as the really cold weather kicks in and things maybe settle a bit…or maybe it will get so cold that germs won’t thrive!? Last year was so horrendous we considered leaving the country this winter but then decided that wasn’t a longterm good plan. Just bracing ourselves this year…and being blindly optimistic (see above). #coolmumclub (been hashtagging #coolmumsclub all day so far, sorry) xx

  12. Mums Monster Map Reply

    Mums definitely aren’t allowed to be ill but hubby will quite happily disappear for a sleep when he is.. and it sucks when the kids come down with it too.. I forget how many sleepless nights I’ve had listening to them.. and you still end up working coz no one else is going to do it.. Joy of Parent hood. Wrap up warm. Time to book a holiday xx

  13. mummascribbles Reply

    It’s so horrible when they are ill. Zach was a terror for catching a cold – we haven’t had one so far but I know it’s just a matter of time. When he was two months old he was hospitalised for bronchiolitis – on oxygen which was just horrible. He was back in there a year later with exactly the same but not as bad as he was bigger and his body could cope with it more. But every year when he does get a horrible cough I go into panic mode. He has this brilliant thing too of coughing in the back of the car and throwing up. It’s proper lush! Hope your little ones get fighting fit very soon. Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

    1. MMT Reply

      Thanks hun – I’m feeling horrif myself today! Tough sometimes isn’t it! xxx

  14. Ellie @ Hand Me Down Baby Reply

    Oh poor them and poor you! Hope everyone is better soon x

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