I am new to all this but just wanted some advice. My son now four currently has a preventer and reliever inhaler. He was born with a hole in his lung, and at 18 months had pneumonia. He has always had a night time cough from very young and the drs have said they thought he may have already had asthma which contributed to the pneumonia or possibly the other way around. He has had a reliever inhaler since, and was given a preventer due to heavy night time breathing and cough. He has also been prescribed three courses of steroids in the last 18 months. He has never had an asthma attack in the sense that I understand it, and tho there is a history of asthma in our family its my nieces and nephews. Over the last year he has been doing well, and I was advised to continue with his preventer just in case.
He has started coughing again at night, however without a wheeze. I have kept him home from reception today because he is also coughing constantly this morning. He doesnt seem ill but I have no idea whether this cough is asthma or simply a cough. If its asthma then I usually put him onto his reliever but how do I tell. And does he need to see the dr? We went through the same thing last year and I was told to just go with my instincts. I don't know how to tell what is asthma and whats just a cough and dont want to give him his inhaler if he doesnt really need it.
I apologise for this ramble but I'm not really sure what to do. Advice would be appreciated. I didn't know this site was here.