So last week my 23mo had an almost undetectable cold. Like, barely even registered in my head as "this kid has a cold", MILD. If I wipe his nose (clear) twice in 36 hours and he coughs once... you don't think "he has a cold" ya know? So Friday morning, we go to an indoor play place. One he's been to before and likes. He wasn't really into it, seemed resistant when I tried to go up in the play structure and go with him to the slide (normally he'd be enthusiastically leading the way) it was weird! After a little while he just wanted to cuddle. Overall though, he seemed happy, in a good mood. When I was holding him, I noticed he looked like he was putting a lot of effort into breathing. I saw some chest retractions when he inhaled. I wasn't fully trusting my observations. I was like, what, no? He couldnt be! I figured a child with difficulty breathing would show some signs of distress? Look a little more upset? He fell asleep in the car, an hour before his typical nap (and his typical nap takes a good 30+ min of nursing to accomplish) so that was pretty unusual. Once at home, he got up (no more nap, grr) and was playing, and didn't seem to be having any more trouble. Then I noticed when he exhaled, I heard a sort of hissing sound. Finally decided to play it safe and call the ped, find out if he needed to be seen that day, or if I could just keep an eye on him. They had me bring him in. His dr wasn't in that day so we saw someone else. When we were there, he did sound like he had a bit of mucus in his throat (you know how little kids sometimes sound like they need to clear their throat, but they never do it? It drives me nuts, listening to it makes ME clear my throat! lol) and he did cough more in the car than he had all week. His oxygen levels were fine, but she could hear fluid in his lungs and prescribed albuterol, to use as needed. I only gave him one dose, and been keeping an eye on him, hasn't needed more.
Anyway, I'm a little confused here. Normal healthy toddlers don't need inhalers even for severe colds, but this? It seems overdramatic to even call his current symptoms a cold! I am dumbfounded. Can a teeeeeny tiny "coldlet" really cause that?