Erin has had asthma since day dot, and whilst we seem to have more control over it now that she is 5 1/2, it still plagues us. She regularly coughs and splutters and changes in the weather often affect her chest. I cannot count the number of chest infections she has nor the amount of times we have used steroids and visited the hospital for her asthma. She was diagnosed at a relatively young age as often Gp’s don’t like to diagnose for a few years. Many children will have weak chests but many will stabilise and grow out of wheezing by age five.
Erin’s triggers are varied and she is particularly sensitive to the weather changes. A few months back we reviewed wool bedding and although I was sceptical that this change would make a big difference it really has. Night times have always been the times that she coughed continuously which affected the whole family as our sleep became disturbed night after night with her coughing. Three months on from reviewing the bedding we are still benefiting from changing to wool. Erin has also been sent some beautiful bedding from vertbaudet. I choose a white set that is delicately embroidered with a fairy and plenty of sparkle and it looks gorgeous.
Making this change has prompted me to consider how else I can help keep the room as free from allergens and dust-mites as possible. I have been thinking of changing her flooring from carpet to laminate as it will be easier to keep clean. Her carpet has not yet been changed since we moved in five years ago and I would love to get this laid. It would mean that I can sweep clean it everyday. It would also be practical as she loves crafting and we have more than one paint splat on the current carpet!
The teddies were also removed from sleeping with her and now sit and watch her from a distance as I’m sure their synthetic fibres were not helping.
I am also still looking for the perfect storage solution for her room as she has lots of toys and things and nothing seems quite organised enough. I would dearly love to take out some of the big toys (especially her kitchen) but she is adamant it is to say!
I would love to hear your tips on how to make a child’s bedroom less cluttered and also what you have done to help your child’s asthma.