I've been reading the past few messages about night coughs and it certainly reminds me of my 3 year old too. He was diagnosed a couple of months ago after having a persistent cough (night and day) since before Christmas. He had a really bad weekend in January before the inhalers kicked in I think. We then got some steroid tablets and his cough and wheezing were much better. His asthma hasn't been bad since then and seems to have been controlled, but over the past few nights he's sometimes been coughing all night. I kept thinking he was getting a cold and he has a bit of a runny nose, but nothing to speak of. I find it very hard to understand whether his cough is asthma or not as he doesn't always wheeze. Today and yesterday he's been coughing during the day too. His blue inhaler doesn't seem to be making much difference and it seems the same sort of cough he had before he had his inhalers. How can you tell if it's asthma or not?