Dampness so bad, it’s making my son vomit
Asthmatic Caitlin says sickening stench is affecting Jayden, 2
A worried Alexandria mum has said that a nightmare damp problem is making her two-year-old son physically sick.
Caitlin MacDonald told the Lennox that the smell of damp can be so bad in the family’s Munro Street home that two-year-old Jayden, who is autistic, is violently ill during the night.
And with Jayden’s little brother, one-year-old Callum, set to undergo tests because of health issues, while Caitlin herself is asthmatic, she admits that the situation is leaving her exhausted.
She said: “I’m constantly having to clean it, and I really don’t have the time when I’ve got the two kids to look after.
“Jayden can be quite a handful because he’s got autism and he want your attention all the time. He’s been stressed by this and it is difficult to deal with.
“Callum has loads of health problems at the moment. He’s getting an MRI scan to see if he has got brain damage and he’s got problems with his growth and development. He’s not having a very good time of it, so it’s very stressful.
“With me having asthma, it’s obviously not good for me to breathe in never mind the two kids — and it gets worse during bad weather.
“At times Jayden was waking up and being violently sick because of the smell. It took me ages to get rid of the smell from the bedroom and then it came back again a few days later. It’s a nightmare.”
Caitlin, who lives with her two kids and partner Patrick McArthur, claims that she highlighted the issues to West Dunbartonshire Council shortly after moving into the property 18 months ago. However, despite visits from council workers, nothing has changed — leaving the family feeling helpless.
She continued: “On the first day I moved in, I reported it. At the time, the council sent somebody out and they repainted it but the dampness just kept coming through.
“They said it was caused by condensation, so I kept my windows open — which is what they asked me to do — but obviously it’s still coming back through again.
“At first, my bedroom was getting it the worst but now it’s the living room.
“The council say it is
A children’s author has released a new picture book based on her own experience of self-isolation and being cut off from family and friends.
IslaWynter, from Helensburgh, has publishedThe Bunny on the Moon, which tells the adorable story of Maribus Honey, a rabbit living all by himself on the moon.
One day, when he feels particularly lonely, he builds a ladder and climbs down to Earth — but the question is whether he will find the friendship he’s craving.
The picture book encourages children to talk about their feelings and fears, while also telling them that it’s okay to feel lonely and scared from time to time.
While the book doesn’t mention the coronavirus or lockdown, it is written with the current situation in mind.
Isla said:“Many parents have told me how difficult it is for their children to not be able to see their friends or relatives.
“Some even think that their grandparents no longer love them because they don’t come for visits. because of the outside bricks in the close, so I don’t know when that’ll get fixed but it’s going to keep coming through until they fix that.
“My family nurse and social worker have got on to the council as well, but they still haven’t been able to do anything.
“It left me wondering what I’m supposed to do.”
A spokeswoman for West Dunbartonshire Council confirmed that they had visited the property last year, but hadn’t found evidence of a damp problem.
She said: “We are sorry to hear the tenant is unhappy. We attended the property in November and December following a report and although there was no evidence of dampness, provided advice on heating and ventilating the home to prevent condensation. “
The spokeswoman added: “We have not received a further report but will monitor the situation and can install a positive air circulation unit if required.”
“That’s why I decided to have my main character live on the moon, far away from everyone else.”
She added:“I hope that this book can give children the confidence to talk about their emotions as well as deal with the confusion and unpredictability the coronavirus pandemic has brought with it.”
Talking point Isla wants children to be able to express emotions of lockdown after reading The Bunny on the Moon
NIghtmare Alexandria mum Caitlin with sons Callum and Jayden, and partner Patrick
Damage The dampness problem in Caitlin’s home