Hi, my son is 3 1/2 & seems to have a permanent cough, particularly after he has a cold & during the night.
Sometimes he coughs so much that he makes himself sick.
I took him to the Dr a few weeks ago & the Dr ummed & ahhed for a bit & then prescribed an inhaler (ventolin with a aerochamber). He said that my sons chest didnt sound wheezy but as he had a cold it was best to give 2 puffs every night as & when needed. I have been giving him this every night since & the cold has disappeared, along with the cough. Usually the cough lingers on for weeks afterwards & he hasnt coughed during the night.
The dr didnt prescribe a repeat prescription & said if I need more I will need to go back.
Firstly - does this sound like asthma to you, or just that he is prone to coughs?
Would you keep giving him the ventolin every night, or as the cold has gone then stop?
I used to have asthma as a child & used the blue & brown inhalers - I know I had the brown inhaler everyday & only used the blue one when I had an attack so am a bit wary that I shouldnt be continuously using the ventolin, but at the same time am just so pleased that he isnt coughing every night. My mum cant really remember what I was like before I was diagnosed. I can remember being wheezy & occasionally coughing, but am just not sure whether just a cough & no wheezing means it is asthma.
Sorry for the long post, I just need others opinions & experiances to help me.