hi im new here. my son is 3 and a half and has had symptoms of asthma (wheeze and persistent cough)since 6 months old. We saw a consultant years ago as my son had a chest infection which would not clear and were told by the consultant it was post nasal drip and nothing to do with his chest, finally a year ago I saw a GP by chance who was an asthma specialist who confirmed what we were already thinking- that it was 'suspected'asthma. We were managing well with ventolin and clenil 50, until last November when the cough increased at night. Then a cold set it off even more and were now on the 3rd course of steroids since then. The problem is every time we go to the GP we are repeatedly told his chest is clear, then they delay giving him anything therefore making him worse, also he seems to improve better with a combination of asteroid and antibiotics rather than just one or the other, they don't seem to listen to what were saying about him being awake all night with a horrendous cough. Anyone else experience this? We've never been referred back to see a chest consultant but am thinking of asking for this, I notice a lot of people on the forum say they are under consultants- what have they done for you? My other question is whether anyone has cut out dairy foods and processed foods to improve symptoms or tried any alternative therapies/ holistic therapies with their kids? Sorry for all the questions, very grateful for any advice!!