Dd who is 5 has had a cold. Started with a really loose cough and while asleep a rattle / wheeze. We have ventolin which I gave her tonight before bed, but just gone to check on her and I can hear a wheeze. Took her to Gp yesterday who said chest was clear. Not breathing fast and chest not sucking in. Can I presume she is ok at the moment? Could wheeze be coming from her chest?
Both my ds and dd have had bronchiolitis before, which has a definite chest wheeze - I think if she has it, you'd know. The chest/neck sucking is unmistakable. The rattly sound can seem alarming, but it can often just be the sound of the mucus coming from the upper respiratory tract, rather than a chest infection. And (just to keep us on our toes) is always worse at night! But of course, if you're still worried, I wouldn't worry at all about taking her back to the GP for another check. Does she have a high temp?
Putting a bowl of boiling water with Vicks melted in, and Vcks rubbed on chest seems to help with us. Dd has just turned 5 and every winter seems to get the same thing.
Thanks for your reply it's not really a high pitch noise more of a low rattle wheeze iyswim . Dh away so not great timing. Her breathing doesn't sound fast but I will keep a careful on her for next hour or so I make a decision.
Dappy have a look at this website. There are audio files of different kinds of abnormal breathing that you can compare with. Listen to the crackles audios in particular as coarse crackles are low rattling sounds that can indicate pneumonia.
Thanks so much everyone. I have just carried her into a steamy bathroom which helped her cough lots o mucus up but unfortunately swallowed back down. Seems to have lost rattle sound at the moment but will sleep in her room to keep an eye on her.
Yes, 5 probably too old for bronchiolitis, i just gave that example to illustrate how you might recognise breathing difficulties, as opposed to the after-effects of an upper respiratory tract infection. At this age it's not uncommon to have a viral wheeze after a cold. A nighttime cough can linger for ages after a cold, and have wheezing, without it meaning a chest infection. Pneumonia would most likely include a high temp.
But OP you could call 111 to get more advice. I'd probably take her back to GP tomorrow in any case.
Thanks everyone. Prescribed ventolin to cope with viral induced wheeze. No temperature and GP said chest was clear yesterday. Never diagnosed as asthmatic but I was as a child and lots allergies in family. This is the 3 rd night of sleeping on her floor and beginning to feel rather drained and unable to make decisions.