I'm really glad I've found this forum. My little boy will be 5 at the beginning of February and suffers with asthma, He was first diagnosed at age 2 following what we now believe was an asthma attack. He was a wheezy baby and suffered from around 7 mths old and in particular with the night time cough.
He is currently on Clenil having one puff morning and one puff at night, when he becomes unwell or his asthma symptoms start we increase to 2 morning and 2 night.
So recently since perhaps September when he started school he seems to have long periods of having a cough, he is not wheezy but its as though he needs to take a huge breath in and then this follows with 1-2 coughs. People have said this is habitual and not necessarily asthma as he is not wheezing. However this lasts for maybe a week or so and then we have a few days maybe couple of weeks with no coughing and then it all starts again. Its hard for him to describe how he feels at 4 but he asks for his inhaler sometimes and you can see the worry on his face as though its hard to breathe but again no wheeze noise and the GP also says his chest sounds are good.
Is this normal, is this asthma or a habitual cough ????
We have asthma reviews where he is weighed and ,measured and for the first time recently did a peak flow but we don't have any and have never had any pediatric appointments.
We went to the doctors last night and he couldn't say whether he thought these periods of coughing were an exacerbation of asthma symptoms or just a cough but went on to prescribe seretide saying that he wasn't bothered that he wasn't 5 yet as he is almost there! Hubby is concerened saying there must be a reason its not supposed to be given and wants to look into it more.
Currently he is coughing in his sleep and has so far had 5 puff of ventolin since 3pm, it never really seems to make a great deal of difference these days when he is like this. For the most part he is ok in himself but does get upset from time to time