DS is a heartbeat away from five and just started school. He has had a cough continually since July before he started. Some times it’s been slightly worse and sometimes slightly better. But consistently there.
Through the day it comes and goes, ranging from a few peffs to a hacking gurgle that makes him gag. On a night, however, it hits him hard and he coughs on and off all night, always to the gagging stage.
He’s been to the docs twice who have checked his chest and say it’s fine. One night 111 sent a paramedic as he couldn’t catch his breath - we were sent to OOH who gave him antibiotics for a week for croup. Croup went, cough stayed.
When he was tiny, prior to having his tonsils removed, he had inhalers, but we haven’t used them for two and a half years.
Anyone had anything similar? Any hints or tips to help him get better quality sleep?
Maybe have a look at ‘protracted bacterial bronchitis’. There’s not a lot in the medical journals about it. My daughter has had it since 11 months, she is now 3 1/2. It is a cough in an otherwise well child.
Definitely get him checked out for asthma. Prolonged cough, worse at night, is a common symptom of asthma in children. My ds has been prescribed inhalers for his night coughing (with no wheezing)and it really does help.
My dd has had a recurring cough for eight years, ever since we lived in horribly polluted country overseas. Nasal drip, clarty throat, rattling chest - Every winter. Successive GPS refused to take it seriously and blamed her for not being able to blow her nose properly . Finally a new GP put her back on a blue inhaler, to use as and when. Not for asthma as such, but after 10 days or so the cough clears and she stops using it again.