My son who is 3.5 has always had a cough, and to be honest I just put it down to chest infections, colds etc as I have never had any dealings with asthma.
I was always told it was a 'virus' by the doctor and sent away with antibiotics (but was always aware it would do no good). He then spent a couple of trips to the hospital after getting worse. and it was only this year that I put my foot down and started demanding real answers.....and also digging around myself about asthma after he had spent time with his grandparents who had had a dog and when my son came home he was terrible.
Anyway, we saw the asthma nurse who did not diagnose, but gave me the brown preventer and the blue puffer for him........He then deteriorated about three weeks after that and ended up in the emergency hospital who then x-rayed him and said they could see the asthma bubbles (what does that mean? -was too worried to ask at the time).
We then came home and two weeks on I have had to take him again and he has been given some steroid tablets and some antibiotics
My problem this time was I could not understand the doctor and as my son was coughing could barely hear him either......so I basically want to know if my son's non stop / couldn't stop. coughing was an asthma attack?
He has been coughing for weeks now especially at night, and it suddenly escalated within an hour to the point where he was retching and could not get his breath.
Also how do I get him to take his inhalers properly when he does not want to (he is after all a stubborn little 3 year old when he wants to be and a fight just makes his coughing worse
sorry to go on and on, but I have read everywhere that an asthma attack is where the airway becomes tightened,,,but my son just seems to have a really nasty burst of non stop coughing that does not stop until he gets medication