this is not another "should i take my child to the ER" question.
my 2 year old, was diagnosed with reactive airway disease back in november. for about a month she was constantly wheezing and getting colds and practically attached to her breathing machine. then she was fine for a while, and out of nowhere she had a fever on friday night. the fever went away by saturday afternoon, then sunday she seemed fine with maybe a little diarrhea. so at first i thought she just had some virus and did everything i could to take care of that. yesterday, no more of those symptoms, but she had a runny nose/slight cough. she woke up this morning with a horrible cough, that sounded like it came from deep within her chest. i got her to take a treatment, and it helped the coughing tremendously. i gave her another one 4 hours later, and she's due for another in about an hour. anyway, now she just has a runny nose, but she is walking around the house sounding like she just ran a marathon. she's acting just fine, but breathing very loudly.
last time i took her to the ER for this problem, which was around mid-december, they did a chest x-ray and sent us home since there wasn't any pneumonia. so i don't want to take her in just for the retractions/wheezing and make her sit in the ER for hours, torture her just for them to say don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out, ya know? i always thought retractions were very serious and required hospitalization. well apparently not always. so now im listening to my child breathe as loud as a freight train and unsure of what to do? when does it become serious enough to warrant an ER visit? the first time this happened they admitted her for two days. i could call the on-call pediatrician but last time it took hours to get back to me. should i just continue with the treatments every 4 hours and hope they start helping?
Answer by matthewscandi at 5:47 PM on Feb. 1, 2011
Answer by Charis76 at 5:29 PM on Feb. 1, 2011
Answer by cornflakegirl3 at 5:33 PM on Feb. 1, 2011
Answer by Lornamay at 5:37 PM on Feb. 1, 2011
Answer by Charis76 at 6:02 PM on Feb. 1, 2011