I am new to this forum and hope to find support and advice regarding my eldest son who has now been coughing pretty much non-stop since the middle of December!! We're all exhausted and worried about his condition and so far have been very confused by the health professionals we've seen...
He has a history of chest infections, croup etc and last year - after yet another trip to A&E because he was breathless - I decided to ask for him to be referred to a private consultant (I have cover through work) for further investigation.
He had a blood test and a chest Xray then that didn't reveal anything unusual. So when he started coughing in December (a very dry, relentless cough) we went back to the consultant and she initially prescribed antibiotics, suspecting a mycoplasma - this seemed to work at first then a few days later the cough came back with a vengeance - she prescribed another course of antibiotics then as we were off to France for the Christmas holiday. Again, this seemed to improve his cough at first and he was pretty much okay throughout the break (at time complaining of a tight chest but not coughing much); however when we got back home he started coughing like mad again. Took him to the GP as it was horrendous and they said it was very likely to be asthma - cough-variant asthma. He's now on strong steroids for three days and has been given an inhaler too to take twice a day. We were told it may take up to three weeks to work though.
Why wouldn't the consultant consider asthma in the first place? I am still very confused - and quite cross to be honest - that she just gave him antibiotics (despite his saliva sample coming back as showing no bacteria).
I have now booked an appointment with another specialist in respiratory paediatrics who will hopefully be able to help us more.
My son is otherwise very healthy, and very sporty too, playing up to 5 hours of football a week. He's not been able to go to school nor do any sports for pretty much a month and we're all feeling quite miserable and worried about the future now.
Any advice, tips or experiences you can share would be great!