You Will Need A Mask, An Inhaler & A Toddler

An for my next trick, you will need a mask, an inhaler and a toddler!

Cold season is coming…. did anyone else say that as if you were in the Game of Thrones — winter is coming… no just me?!

A lot of vitamin C and orange juice is being consumed in our house in generous amounts. OK, so one of my cravings has been oranges in any shape or form, so it could be me doing the consuming of about 90% of Vitamin C.

Scarlett got a really nasty cough. I could hear her coughing at night and then a wheezing. It was the wheezing that got my Mommy brain worrying more and more. Off to the doctor’s we went.

Have you ever heard of ‘cold induced asthma’? Because I certainly hadn’t, until I was handed a prescription for an inhaler.

CRAP! I have to give a wiggly two year old an inhaler. Hmm, this should be interesting.

I have never had to take an inhaler so this was brand new territory to me. I had seen my sister and Mum take them but that was about it. That was my experience with inhalers, 15 years ago.

The pharmacist, who was an absolute doll, showed me how to give her an inhaler. They have what they call, ‘the mask’. Neat invention.

Top Left: Interesting looking device.  Top Right: Insert cute tiny toddler face here Bottom: Because teddy bears make everything all better

Top Left: Interesting looking device.
Top Right: Insert cute tiny toddler face here
Bottom: Because teddy bears make everything all better

I explain to Drew how to do it. He had a great idea, let’s make it into a game.

He showed Scarlett the inhaler and the mask and said, ‘Who can take deep breaths into the mask the best!’ I know it’s not the most inventive game but it worked. We showed Scarlett how to put the mask her face and to breath like when we do yoga together.

What a champ! Took that inhaler like she's done this a million times. Proud Mama!

What a champ! Took that inhaler like she’s done this a million times. Proud Mama!

What a kid! She’s a champ!

Cold induced asthma. It’s a thing. Learn something new everyday.
It always scary when your kids get sick, or has a nasty cough. But follow your gut, if you need to go to the doctors, go to the doctors. You think a tour of the ER is necessary, GO! You are your child’s best advocate. They don’t have the knowledge and time the vocabulary to tell you when something is wrong. I think that has been the best advice I have ever received from a nurse, “you are your child’s best advocate. If it turns out to be nothing then great but you won’t have that nagging feeling something is wrong. You will know.”

xoxo Ashley

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