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Toddlers with sensory issues and asthma? Belle De Jour Due October 8 (boy); 2 kids; Kentucky 17892 posts
status 21st Mar '13

Ok so we took Lila to the doctor today to assess her cold. And yet again asthma has been brought up. The doctor told me that since she's only 2 that we can't actually diagnose her with it yet but to go on ahead and start treating her like she has it.
So now we have to use the nebulizer with albuteral (sp?) every night before bed and before naps.
And that seems to work REALLY well! Especially after last nights coughing fest that turned her blue :(
But the only problem is that she has these sensory issues and can't stand that mask. I end up pinning her down and have to deal with half an hour of screaming, hitting, and smacking :(
Has anyone else had to deal with this? How can I calm her down? Will I just have to get over the fact that she is going to freak out?

user banned 2 kids; North Pole, Alaska 12410 posts
21st Mar '13
Quoting Uncle Obama's Banana:" Ok so we took Lila to the doctor today to assess her cold. And yet again asthma has been brought up. ... [snip!] ... else had to deal with this? How can I calm her down? Will I just have to get over the fact that she is going to freak out?"


We have the same issue :( He ends up freaking so bad that his breathing is worse than before the treatment.

Drunk Blair Waldorf 2 kids; Alpharetta, Georgia 19208 posts
21st Mar '13

Have you tried putting it on your face first to show her?

Booger & Bubba's Mommy 18 kids; Illinois 8136 posts
21st Mar '13

You don't have to put the mask on. Just keep it really close to her face.

user banned 2 kids; North Pole, Alaska 12410 posts
21st Mar '13
Quoting Blair Waldorf (SuperKink):" Have you tried putting it on your face first to show her?"



Showing won't help a child with sensory issues.. or maybe just my child he has autism too though

Belle De Jour Due October 8 (boy); 2 kids; Kentucky 17892 posts
status 21st Mar '13
Quoting HNAC:" We have the same issue :( He ends up freaking so bad that his breathing is worse than before the treatment."


Yeah she made her self sick a few times last nigh because she screamed so much :( But after I got her to calm down she was finally able to sleep.

loser mom 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Oslo, ,, Norway 10507 posts
status 21st Mar '13

Can you use a mouthpiece instead of the mask?

Belle De Jour Due October 8 (boy); 2 kids; Kentucky 17892 posts
status 21st Mar '13
Quoting Booger & Bubba's Mommy:" You don't have to put the mask on. Just keep it really close to her face."


It doesn't matter where I put it. If she even see's the mask or hears the machine she flips out :lol:

user banned 2 kids; North Pole, Alaska 12410 posts
21st Mar '13
Quoting Uncle Obama's Banana:" Yeah she made her self sick a few times last nigh because she screamed so much :( But after I got her to calm down she was finally able to sleep. "


Yeah, I usually have to squeeze him to calm down. A friend is making him a newborn swaddeler with velcro for his size.

Drunk Blair Waldorf 2 kids; Alpharetta, Georgia 19208 posts
21st Mar '13
Quoting HNAC:" Showing won't help a child with sensory issues.. or maybe just my child he has autism too though"


My son has sensory issues of his own, but he doesn't like the weighted stuff like your son does. There are different types of sensory issues. I can show him that it's safe for me and sometimes he will do it too.



Does Lila like pressure and extra weight? (Sorry if this has been answered. I started typing and had to answer the door.)

☠BryBry'sMuM☠ Due March 19 (girl); 1 child; Fullerton, California 15229 posts
21st Mar '13

try putting it on first and show her its okay mommy is doing it. then have her try it.

user banned 2 kids; North Pole, Alaska 12410 posts
21st Mar '13
Quoting Blair Waldorf (SuperKink):" My son has sensory issues of his own, but he doesn't like the weighted stuff like your son does. There ... [snip!] ... too. Does Lila like pressure and extra weight? (Sorry if this has been answered. I started typing and had to answer the door.)"


That's great it will for him! That must make things easier for y'all!



He loves weighted stuff. Sometimes he asks me to lay on him and I'm overweight :oops:

Drunk Blair Waldorf 2 kids; Alpharetta, Georgia 19208 posts
21st Mar '13
Quoting HNAC:" That's great it will for him! That must make things easier for y'all! He loves weighted stuff. Sometimes he asks me to lay on him and I'm overweight :oops:"


Yes and no. I haven't found what breaks him out of a meltdown yet and he's 6.

user banned 2 kids; North Pole, Alaska 12410 posts
21st Mar '13
Quoting Blair Waldorf (SuperKink):" Yes and no. I haven't found what breaks him out of a meltdown yet and he's 6."



Aw :(

_______Nope_________ 23772 posts
21st Mar '13

Have you gotten in with Early Intervention yet? The teachers and OT people can help usually.



Does she like water? Try first doing some water play. Even just a bowl of water. Teagan did great with shaving cream too. It can really relax them first. If they're already anxious or over stimulated then it's almost impossible to do anything. If they're in a better place sensory wise, then it can be easier.



If you can find similar masks, try to use it at different times. Put it on her toys. Have her sister wear it for a minute. Those sorts of things. If it's the sound, either run the machine or find something that sounds similar to slowly desensitize her to it.



Until then though? You'll have to just do it. Teagan was like this with her teeth. We just to just hold her. If you do tight holding it can help too. Sometimes wrapping in a blanket and holding (think of like swaddling for big kids) can help too. Again, it can sort of deaql with other sensory things so that the mask/noise isn't as difficult for her to handle.