Hi everyone. I have a nearly 3 yr old who has just been diagnosed with suspected mild asthma that only shows itsself in a persistent nighttime cough. She has a long term ENT history and has had grommets put in for persistent ear infections and also had her tonsils out. None of these things got rid of the cough. This most recent episode, triggered by a cold, has had her coughing constantly at night (the worst night she started coughing at 2 am and didn't stop until 10 am). She literally coughs non-stop, although she doesn't have difficulty catching her breath. its like her airways are just iritated and won''t let her stop coughing. Dr has put her on ventolin 4 times a day which has helped (hooray) to some degree, but has not got rid of the cough which wakes her up meaning that I have now had a sleep deprived toddler for nearly 2 weeks (she won't sleep in the day to catch up, apparently thats what babies do :-s) and am at my wits end. I know its small scale really and I am really grateful that she doesn't have any more serious problems - but then again it is driving us all crazy! Has anyone got any tips for how I can help her not get woken up? Dr says she doesn't need a preventer unless she has these episodes more frequently - at the mo they only occur when she is ill (although lets face it wit ha 3 yr old this can be pretty much all the time!).
Any advice greatly appreciated. Do humidifiers help at all?