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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?

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Cissyandflora Mon 06-Apr-20 23:55:07

Op if she hasn’t been out for 16 days I wonder how/ when she caught it? That’s a worry. Hope you’re all ok.

Mummyoflittledragon Mon 06-Apr-20 23:06:52

If you don’t have a humidifier, you can take the kettle in the room and hold it down while it boils for a while to increase humidity. Keep the door etc shut. This will help to keep the mucus membranes moist. Airing the room a couple of times a day to get rid of toxic build up is important.

Dizzygirl00 Mon 06-Apr-20 22:56:37

Hope she feels better soon flowers

Sickoffamilydrama Mon 06-Apr-20 22:49:29

Poppity I think that's more to do with them being ventilated as artificial ventilation can cause problems itself but it has been 15 years since I was on a respiratory ward.
There's a study here for anyone interested
Hope your DD gets well soon op flowers

thereplycamefromanchorage Mon 06-Apr-20 22:47:41

Thanks @Squiz81, I saw that earlier, it looks really helpful.

Thanks also everyone else for your calm advice. It's really helped and I have been able to present a calm front to dd.

We had actually got to 16 days from beginning of self isolation (apart from the odd shopping trip - but that was on my own, not with DD) so I was starting to think we might have escaped it, but it looks like maybe not now.

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MyTwoPence Mon 06-Apr-20 22:45:34

BBC News - Coronavirus: Inside an ICU fighting Covid-19

As pp's have said - it shows them turning covid-19 patients onto their fronts in intensive care because it makes it easier to breathe.

Sickoffamilydrama Mon 06-Apr-20 22:42:18

I was the same @kevintheorangecarrot and felt like my lungs were on fire. But apart from a little tiredness I'm fine now.

AmelieTaylor Mon 06-Apr-20 22:42:03


✋🏻Freshly washed hand to hold.

Get her to do the exercise @Squiz81 linked to. But in the 6th breath make it a ‘huff’ rather than a cough. Sleeping on her front will help.

Personally I’d have her in my room overnight to keep an eye on her, I know this increases my risk, but ‍🤷🏻‍♀️

You might be in for a rough few days...but when she’s feeling better, make sure she still rests up as the second wave is the one that seems to make people feel really wiped out.

Obviously it also might just be another of the things doing the rounds!

Take care if yourself too ☕️🌷

PoppityBoo Mon 06-Apr-20 22:38:34

I’ve just watched the BBC News at 10 and they were filming in an intensive care unit. They have been turning patients on to their fronts in bed as apparently it helps you breathe more easily. I’m sure at 15 with no underlying health conditions the chances are she will be absolutely fine, but obviously us mums worry nonetheless! Paracetamol, fluids, rest etc and distractions like films are a great idea.

Sickoffamilydrama Mon 06-Apr-20 22:31:30

I have had something recently that may or may not have been Coronavirus. Yes it's frightening but if she can talk in full sentences then that's good.

I wouldn't recommend lying on your front think about how your lungs expand it's mostly at the front of your chest so you body has to work harder to lift the weight of you as well as expand if lying on your front. Imagine trying to blow a balloon up whilst simultaneously squashing it

Instead prop her up with a load of pillows so she's sat up and but also get her to lay on her sides for short periods (if it's to uncomfortable) as this helps any mucus move.

Plenty of fluids, paracetamol and rest.

kevintheorangecarrot Mon 06-Apr-20 22:29:23

If you're able to manage her symptoms at home then definitely do that first. But if she's very breathless, struggling / cannot cope then ring 111 for advice. Obviously 999 in emergencies. I hope she feels better soon. I was breathless for a little over 1 week and thankfully it went but there was a point where I thought about ringing 111 as I couldn't walk 5 steps without having to sit down to try and breathe (really struggled) / get oxygen into my lungs xx

MilkNoSugars Mon 06-Apr-20 22:26:30

Just to hopefully reassure you, all 4 of us in our family have had all the CV symptoms and whilst we felt ill (the kids had v mild symptoms) and it took me 2 weeks to feel better, it was perfectly manageable. DP has asthma and type 1 diabetes and any bug sends his blood sugars haywire and floor him but he is fine, had less chest tightness and actually shook it off quicker than me!

I'm sure your DD will be fine, keep a close eye on her, paracetamol, plenty of fluids and tell her to do absolutely nothing and rest.

Palavah Mon 06-Apr-20 22:21:28

Ventilate the room regularly if you can.
Keep her well hydrated and well-nourished.
Try to discourage doom-scrolling if necessary - it will do her no favours to be anxious.
Plenty of rest.

All of the above apply to you too!

Take care brew

Mascotte Mon 06-Apr-20 22:21:11

Just keep her hydrated and regular paracetamol, no ibuprofen. Prop her up on lots of pillows.

It will be ok.. see if you can watch a film too and relax a wee bit.

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)

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


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

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.

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

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

^deal better

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

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

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.

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

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

Thank you @merename

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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.

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