Inhale, My Toddler’s Life with Asthma


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    This post is sponsored by Dyson, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Our Story

I’ll never forget our first asthma scare, easily the scariest moment I’ve encountered as a parent. Beckett was breathing a little harder one night, but playing just as he always does. He went to sleep and woke up hysterical. We called my dad to watch Graydon, and we went to the ER.

In my mind I thought they would give him some medicine, tell me he had the flu, or maybe an ear infection. Instead they hooked my baby up to oxygen, and after struggling to get his oxygen levels up, they told us we would be transferred to the children’s hospital in Portland. I remember looking at my husband and asking what they meant by that. I was dumbfounded. Beckett was going to be transferred to the hospital in an ambulance? He’s going to stay the night in the hospital?

I watched them strap him into the stretcher and I sat in that ambulance and cried while listening to Beckett cry for the entire twenty minute drive.

We spent two or three nights at the hospital, the time is a blur, but every detail is stuck in my mind. He responded so well to the Albuterol that the doctors though Asthma would be a big possibility, even without the family history.

For now, they say he has reactive airway disease.

A Toddler with Asthma

I try my best to live without fear. I’m a woman of faith, and I have faith in God. If I have to be honest though, I fear for Beckett getting a cold.

The anxiety and the questions running through my head…

Will we have to go to the ER?

If we go to the ER, are they going to transfer us to the hospital?

Are my parents going to answer the phone call to come stay with Graydon?

How many breaths is he taking in a minute?

Are those retractions?

What makes it even more difficult, is the fact that he’s a toddler. Nothing slows this kid down, and it’s so hard to tell how he’s really doing.

To make the situation even more of a challenge, there is the Albuterol. Three puffs and he should be breathing better, but this also means he will be bouncing off the walls. Forget about extra sleep for recovery, and throw bedtime out the window. With Albuterol there is no resting.

Making Changes

I’ve certainly had to make changes knowing that Beckett possibly has asthma (for now it’s reactive airway disease).

I’ve become a lot more assertive with calling the doctor. I normally try to avoid the doctor unless absolutely necessary. I don’t know a lot about asthma, but I do know it’s not something to mess with. When it comes to breathing, I don’t assume he is going to be okay.

During his sleep study

When I have questions or concerns, I am sure to call his pediatrician. After our scare, I started noticing that his sleep issues seem to stem from his breathing. Sure enough, after our sleep study, we found out he has moderate to severe sleep apnea. We aren’t sure what the next step is right now, but most likely he will have his adenoids removed.

I’ve also become much more aware about the air he breathes every day. Making sure I go with a trusted brand like Dyson is key. I vacuum his play area and where he sleeps multiple times a week with the Dyson Ball Animal 2. It has the strongest suction of any vacuum. This vacuum is designed to eliminate dust and allergens from the home. Dyson engineers designed this vacuum to be user-friendly and effective. It’s made such a big difference in our home. As a mom with a son who has breathing issues, there isn’t a vacuum I would trust more. My advice is to try this vacuum, but whichever one you get make sure it has a bag. The best way to find which bagged vacuum you should use is to read some reviews of the best ones online. The bag in a bagged vacuum works as a great filter and is very efficient at trapping dust, allergens and other contaminants inside the bag. This is because the bags are airtight, so it’s impossible for the dust and allergens to escape back into the air. As well as regular cleaning to remove dust, the idea of checking out a company like Green Horizon One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning site to consider having air conditioning fitted into your house may be a step worth taking, especially if anyone in the house suffers from asthma.

We also have the Dyson Hot+Cool link air purifier in his room.

Dyson purifiers automatically remove 99.97% of particles as small as 0.3 microns.

I love that this monitors the temperature of his room, and I can monitor the air quality. This purifier can heat or cool the room, while also cleaning the air. It captures gasses, as well as particles in the entire room.

This gives me piece of mind that he is breathing in the best possible air. I would recommend an air purifier to everyone, but especially people with asthma or allergies. The air in our homes is typically twice as polluted as the air outside. Dust, dirt, mold and pet hair and dander can all be in our indoor air and has a negative impact on our lungs. The Dyson Hot+Cool link air purifier can remove all of these, although it’s not as effective for pet hair and dander. This isn’t a problem for us in our pet-free home, but if you have pets you might want to use one of these air purifiers on this useful list instead.

Dyson is a brand I truly trust when it comes to my sons health. With the help of Dyson engineers and scientists, they perfect each product to make an effective and amazing product.

In a world with asthma, I’m sure glad there is medication, doctors, and products like Dyson.


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11 Responses

  1. Kat Ledder says:

    Oh my gosh your poor little man, that night must have been terrifying for you. He looks like a little trooper though and thank goodness you have that air purifier to keep an eye on the air he is breathing!

  2. Shanta says:

    As a mom with Really bad asthma and my 2 year old has some breathing problems this was very helpful I’m going to try the air purifier thank you for the info!

  3. You are one amazing Mom! Wow my heart goes out to you and your son. Thanks for sharing your story as I know it will be a life saver for many.

  4. Holly Lasha says:

    Ugh…Asthma is no fun with a little one!! Thanks for sharing this useful info!!

  5. Natalie says:

    I’m so sorry your poor baby struggles with asthma. I had it horribly as a child but thankfully outgrew it. I hope the same for your little one!

  6. Sars says:

    Thanks for your post. Our little man. 18months, is hitting his second major flair up. He was hospitalized a few weeks ago, and I feel as if I went through the same emotions! I feel drained and more alone then I thought possible! Thanks for reminding me I’m not alone!

    • Mommy On The Mound says:

      Oh, poor little guy. Breathing issues are not fun. You are far from alone though. Those emotions are strong – such scary times! You guys will be in my thoughts and prayers getting through these times! Thanks so much for your comment!

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