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Can anyone talk me down? Dd has CV symptoms

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thereplycamefromanchorage Mon 06-Apr-20 21:48:13

Dd is 15, started with slight cough at the weekend, feeling very tired and lethargic, no temperature, but her chest feels right and she just said she feels a bit breathless too.

Absolutely panicking. What would you do?

thereplycamefromanchorage Mon 06-Apr-20 21:49:10

Chest feels tight, not right.

Pebbles574 Mon 06-Apr-20 21:54:03

I suspect there may not be much traffic here given the Boris move to ICU news, but I didn’t want to leave you without a hand hold.

Firstly try not to panic as it will transfer to her and make the breathlessness worse.
Use the service for advice
That should take you through the various steps and when to escalate to the next level, if necessary


thereplycamefromanchorage Mon 06-Apr-20 21:56:10

Thank you. Am trying to remain calm with her, but am panicking inside.

ClaudiaWinklepants Mon 06-Apr-20 21:57:28

Exactly what Pebbles said. Seek advice from the 111 helpline and follow their lead. Hand hold here and try to remain calm

Randomword6 Mon 06-Apr-20 21:58:10

Good advice don't hang fire, get help ASAP, if anyone needs help it is 15 year old.

MrsLeclerc Mon 06-Apr-20 21:59:26

Easier said than done but try not to panic. Get some paracetamol in her, lots of fluids and tuck her into bed.

If she can sleep on her front it’s better as your lungs are more in your back so it should help with her breathing.

Humidifiers are great if you have one. Breathing in some Vicks or similar can help.

If you are worried about her breathing tonight call NHS 111. If she’s dealing with it OK maybe call the GP in the morning (I spoke to mine and he gave me basic advice and told me to isolate for 7 days).

There’s loads of us on here with symptoms sharing tips, advice and support.

MummyPop00 Mon 06-Apr-20 22:00:51

Keep calm. The statistics don’t lie. At 15 it is incredibly unlikely given her age she would experience severe complications.

AppleKatie Mon 06-Apr-20 22:01:06

Remain calm. She needs lots of water, food if she feels up to it and rest.

The vast vast majority will be better in a week.

You don’t say if you have reason to believe she’s more at risk than average? Watch for worrying symptoms, get medical advice if those arise, but there’s a really good chance they won’t.

thereplycamefromanchorage Mon 06-Apr-20 22:07:41

No she is fit and healthy, so no reason to be especially concerned, other than I am a worrier, so this is very hard. She is also feeling anxious, so this won't help. She is able to talk fine, and she is watching a film so she doesn't seem that unwell.

Scbchl Mon 06-Apr-20 22:08:09

Keep an eye on her temp, lots of fluids and sleep if she can. I found going in a hot shower with the water on my upper back really helped ease the ache in my lungs then got out and had vicks (which I couldnt smell) on my chest and back) not sure if shes allowed cold and fly tablets at her age. If she is they helped ease some pains. If you get concerned about her breathing then call for help.

thereplycamefromanchorage Mon 06-Apr-20 22:08:37

Good advice re sleeping on her front.

Scbchl Mon 06-Apr-20 22:08:48

*cold and flu not fly

Merename Mon 06-Apr-20 22:09:13

I have recently had it, I think, with similar symptoms plus a temp. I felt more breathless when lying down so she may be more comfortable propped up in bed. I have mild asthma and found my inhalers helped with the chest tightness. It wasn’t fun but I was still able to do the majority of childcare with my young children. I know it’s just one anecdote, but just telling you how doable it was for me, nearly 40, as it is likely she just needs rest and time to recover. Hope she feels better soon flowers

thereplycamefromanchorage Mon 06-Apr-20 22:10:38

I did the NHS symptoms test online for her and it just said self isolate for 7 days. But if I get more concerned about her breathing I will phone 111. Thanks so much for the support, it means so much to me.

thereplycamefromanchorage Mon 06-Apr-20 22:11:30

Thank you @merename

Lumene Mon 06-Apr-20 22:11:35

Completely understand why you are feeling like this but statistically she will be absolutely fine if it is the new virus. All good advice from others on this thread

Angelik Mon 06-Apr-20 22:13:24

Don't sleep on front! Will have no benefits whatsoever. Sleep with torso slightly raised e.g. 45 degree angle.

I understand the worry. My dh just got positive test result (paramedic) and he feels mostly ok. So it's highly likely we all have it.

middleager Mon 06-Apr-20 22:14:08

What I would do is what I did with my nearly 14 year old DS.

He had a high fever for 2 days, sickness and dizziness (he'd been to Italy 2 weeks prior).

I kept a close eye on him. I did not panic. I played it down with him.

The temperature is really important, but not always a symptom. As mine had a high temp, we gave paracetomol.

He made a full recovery and at 14 is a strong, healthy person.

Of course it could have been anything - though I'm ill now.

- keep a close eye
- check temp
- don't panic
- trust your instincts
- call 111 if in doubt

LefttoherownDevizes Mon 06-Apr-20 22:14:11

We have all had it and dS14 is currently on day 9 and has asthma and underlying health conditions.

He is not right but is ok. DD13 had it first and recovered within a week, she was iller in the first week but then recovered, he is not as ill but it's lasting longer and he's a bit wheezy.

DH and I are finally much better after 2 weeks.

Just wanted to assure you that whilst it's not nice it's not always that bad (DCs have all been less ill than DH and I). Stats bear it that on the whole kids fare better than adults.

Whilst I have not had great experience of 111 over the years their online symptom checker good this has been very good, do use it if it would help.

I am sorry that you are anxious but the evidence shows that kids really do desk with this better than us

LefttoherownDevizes Mon 06-Apr-20 22:14:58

^deal better

Nirvana1979 Mon 06-Apr-20 22:15:58

I totally understand why youre worried but shes fit and healthy, she will be fine. Please try not to worry. Easier said than done i know.

Seek help if you need it, flowers

usercheeselover Mon 06-Apr-20 22:16:51

My Dd and I have had it we think after DP last week. He lost smell and taste but apart from some chills, he was ok.

DD 12 and I have been floored with fatigue. We haven't got out of bed for over a week now - day 9 tomo. Bit of scratchy throat. Nausea on and off but not sick. Headache a bit. But all very minimal.

When I've tried to get up, it makes me worse and makes me feel more breathless.

Put her to bed, or bedroom and keep her there including meals. Rest as much as possible. Tech is all she has so don't stress over that.

14 days isolation for your house now.
Give her a separate hand towel (give everyone their own!).

When I've looked up stuff, I got anxious and my chest felt worse. So don't google and keep absolutely calm and normal. Except the bedroom bit obv! Call her Lady of the Manor.

Squiz81 Mon 06-Apr-20 22:17:34


Have you seen this advice about breathing techniques and sleeping position?

Squiz81 Mon 06-Apr-20 22:19:09

That is advice from a doctor (probably doesn't look clear that it is from the link and accompanying photo)

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