My 8 year old daughter has asthma and barking cough

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Hi, I've never posted before so don't really know where to start. My daughter is now 8 years old and after years of visiting docs and specialists she was diagnosed with asthma. She also has a reflux problem, very often she has a barking cough, which is so bad that school have sent her home for disrupting the class!! She was given omeprazol and montelukast about a year ago and finally things started to settle down! However for the past 2 weeks, she has had a persistent barking cough which has got worse, and is not helped by her inhaler, (ventolin) she has complained that her tummy hurts tonight which I guess it would, I keep her hydrated, try steam room and also cold air but nothing seems to help! Any advise would be great. Thank you for reading

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    Hi Sammee, best thing to do would be see the asthma nurse at your surgery asap. I'm certain that when you call & explain your daughter's asthma is flaring up they will get you in really quickly - usually within 24hrs. Does she have an action plan? What's her peak flow like? Worse than usual?

    Sometimes it just flares for no reason. Sometimes you can figure out the reason if you notice a pattern that should lead you to a trigger that you can then take notice if for the future. I personally find the weather a BIG problem do the change in seasons leads to problems - I start taking antihistamines in Jan/Feb to ward off hayfever.

    I would call the surgery in the morning & get her in asap. They'll check her over & come up with a plan if action for her. The sooner she gets further treatment the quicker she'll start to find her symptoms ease & hopefully manage it more easily in the future. Good luck x

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      Thank u for your reply, she is now being sick..... I'm going to call them first thing in the morning and get an appointment asap. Will monitor her through the night (she is in with me) x

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      How did she do last night - did either of you get any sleep? Did you manage to get an appointment? x
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      Hello we went to the docs yesterday morning and they took her temp which was up, 39.6 and said that her cough is croup, her chest is clear however cause of the blood and what's been going on for so long they have given her steroids predisconefor 5 days, and also she is back on the steroid inhaler for next 4 weeks. She is to have her omeprazol morning and night, touch wood no sickness since late yesterday afternoon! No school today will see how she goes over the weekend once it all starts to work! Thank you for your advise and help xx

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      I'm pleased that so far no more sickness - must be a relief for you. It's such a worry & all you want to do is make your baby better. I admit I'm hoping my daughter doesn't inherit any of my medical conditions (asthma; eczema, hayfever, arthritis, CFS & depression) as I'd hate for her to suffer like I do.

      Fingers crossed the meds help. Just remember we're here if you ever want to offload or ask for support/advice xx

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      Bless u!! It's so hard, I'm a single mum to 2 (8 and 7) and work almost full time, I have suffered depression this site has helped me, I feel I'm not alone and the advice is very comforting and helpful, if you ever need anything I'm here x

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    Hi Sammee

    Firstly I'm sorry to hear your wee one having a tough time of it.fingers crossed the asthma is childhood asthma only and that she hopefully grows out of it. I see she's on the montelukast and ventolin for her asthma but has the doc out her on a preventative inhalor ? Also has she seen a doc in the last few weeks. I developed a similar sounding cough last year that doc considered as tracheal bronchitis. It can take a few weeks to go and sometimes you are given antibiotics for it. Also it might be worth investing in a hudmidier for her bedroom at night. Old wives tale but as a last resort you could rub some vapour rub on her feet and send her to bed with socks on. Nothing to lose and it might help her get a decent sleep. I would defo get her back at doc to see what they can do .a colleague of mine was given steroids for her child who isn T even at school yet.ideally you wouldn't want your kid taking them but if the cough is so persistent they might give her a short term boost. Finally in the absence of the school thinking your child had a highly contagious condition it is shocking that she was sent home for making too much noise.good luck

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