Damp­ness so bad, it’s mak­ing my son vomit

Asth­matic Caitlin says sick­en­ing stench is af­fect­ing Jay­den, 2

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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

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