The following is a visitor-submitted question or story. For more, you can submit your own sleep story here, or browse the collection of experiences and questions other visitors have shared here.

My Son Has Nocturnal Asthma Now. What To Do?


My son had a urine infection and septicaemia at 3 weeks old, he was given strong IV antibiotics that were pushed through fast (I'm a nurse and I know you don't do this, as it burns when it goes through the veins) He had gone from sleeping 6hrs through to not sleeping at all and being in constant pain, he suffered severe colic as a result of the antibiotics, even though he was breast fed, I guess I was very unlucky with the medical staff I had as no one offered anything for colic.

I was walking for half an hour every 20 mins every night trying to settle him back to sleep because my son just cried and cried. My health visitor insisted on him having his vaccinations too, he had already been given BCG when he was barely a day old, which I believe caused the urine infection and septicaemia. Then his eczema started a month later, and when he turned 5 we discovered he was asthmatic, suffered from hay fever and had a severe nut allergy.

At his worst he was up every 15 minutes, because he had gotten used to not sleeping through plus his eczema made him uncomfortable and hay-fever season meant he couldn't breathe, quite a few nights we spend in the Emergency room with my son on nebulisers because he couldn't breathe. All this was stopping him from sleeping. But he would wake up hyperactive and full of energy, and he was always smiling.

I on the other hand was slowly losing my mind, I put on weight, my skin became really inflamed and scarred from acne I had never had, I became intolerant to certain foods, and at my worst from lack of sleep I could not form sentences and I would just stop physically working, the worst part was I was angry the smallest thing would trigger me, but it took quite a few years for it to become something I felt was hard to control, even now I get angry really quickly because my sleep isn't back to normal, and
I find it strange that people who lose a night or so's sleep get really grumpy and I think I haven't had sleep for 14 years and I get stupid angry but I get through it.

Definitely meditation and being aware of myself as well as having a hugely supportive husband have helped, but I also read a lot learning new things to keep my brain going but my physical health was suffering. In contrast my son seemed ok, although he was having trouble putting on weight and keeping his concentration in class, even though he was extremely intelligent. He started putting on weight at 7 yrs old, when he started to sleep better because his eczema was almost gone, and we were working on the asthma and hay-fever.

At 14 now you would never know he had had any health problems, but I have noticed for the last few years, mentally he can be extremely acute, but other times when it comes to socialising and saying the right thing, he can't, furthermore I find he behaves more as a 7 or 8 year old, even though academically he is doing really well. This I believe to be related to his lack of sleep because through alternative therapies I have cured most of his issues but now I find he has nocturnal asthma, and at some point in the night he will need his pump and this is breaking his sleep.

I do not know what to do for this at this moment in time and wonder if this has been researched, his eczema is gone, his allergy to nuts is gone, he gets some hay-fever but nothing like he used to and most of his asthma is related to the night. Any further advice would be very much appreciated. Also both my husband and I come from huge families with no eczema, asthma or hay-fever, so I believe this was chemically induced and he was not going to grow out of it, as every year the doctors would say he will grow out of it, but he did not.

Thank you.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Experiences With Sleep Disorders In Children.

Enjoy this page? Please help us pay it forward to others who would find it valuable by Liking, Sharing, Tweeting, Stumbling, and/or Voting below.

About This Site

Welcome! This site is continuously being created by students of Dr. William C. Dement's Sleep And Dreams course at Stanford University.

We made this site as a call to action for people all over the world to live healthier, happier, safer, and more productive lives by learning about their own sleep. We have faith that reading the information provided on this site will motivate you to be smart about your sleep deprivation and strategic about your alertness in order to live life to your fullest, most energetic potential.

In fact, we challenge you to do so! What do you say, are you up for the challenge?

A Note On Visitor-Submitted Questions:

Publishing sleep stories and questions from our visitors is meant to create a forum for open and proactive dialogue about an extremely important portion of our lives (one that occupies 1/3 of it and affects the other 2/3) that isn't talked about enough. It is not meant to substitute a trip to the doctor or the advice of a specialist. It's good to talk; it is not good to avoid consulting someone who's profession it is to help you with this kind of stuff.

If you are in any way concerned about your sleep health, don't wait for an answer on here, and don't necessarily rely on them. See a sleep specialist in your area as soon as possible.

More Questions:

Ask | Answer

The Stanford Sleep Book

Stanford Sleep Book Picture

Dr. Dement's pioneering textbook has been the core text for Sleep and Dreams since 1980, but it has just recently been made available to the wider public for the first time.

In it you'll find a more detailed account of the most important things you need to know about sleep, alertness, dreams, and sleep disorders. Studies, statistics, plus plenty of Dr. Dement's classic anecdotes painting the history of sleep medicine.

Preface | Intro | Contents | Get A Copy

More Sleep Resources

The Zeo

A revolution in personal sleep tracking, the Zeo is a wireless headband that transmits your brainwaves in realtime to a dock (pictured here) or your smartphone. The result? You can wake up and see exactly what stages of sleep you were in during the night! Unprecedented personalized sleep knowledge.

Sleep Paralysis: A Dreamer's Guide

Sleep Paralysis Treatment Book

Ever woken up paralyzed? A surprising number of us have, believe it or not. But few know the actual causes of this phenomenon, and fewer still how to exert control over it. Dream researcher and sleep paralysis expert Ryan Hurd shares breakthrough insights into how to do just that.

Important Disclaimer

Please Note:

The information found on this page and throughout this site is intended for general information purposes only. While it may prove useful and empowering, it is NOT intended as a substitute for the expertise and judgments of healthcare practitioners.

For more info, see our
Terms of Use.