I have a 2.5yr old daughter, generally very healthy, very active, never short of breath, never wheezy, honestly this little girl runs everywhere and could spend all day on her trampoline if we let her.
She catches all the colds the seem to continually circulate amongst toddlers, but never seems adversly affected by them, other than a runny nose she continues to run around like normal.
For the past 3 months she has been waking up in the night with a cough. The coughing can go on for half an hour to an hour. The coughing attacks generally happen once to a few times a night, generally most nights.
Her mother has mild asthma, if she avoids dusty ennviroments (houses with cats) she rarely needs to take her inhaler.
We took her to to the doctor who suggested she may have asthma, and reffered us to an asthma clinic. At the clinic she was seen by a paediatrian, based on her symptoms, and her mothers asthma she was diagnosed with asthma and prescribed steroids and a reliever. Neither the paediatrician nor the doctor made any other examination or even listened to her chest.
Is this normal?
I was quite surprised by this diagnosis, I know in theory I should follow the advice of a doctor over that from an internet forum, but I'm really interested to hear other people's opinions and experiences.
I just don't want to be pumping drugs that may be unnecesary into her - we were told that we might not see and improvement until 8 weeks of treatment, if this is just a lingering cough it could well get better by itself in this time...