My son is 15 months and for the past three nights has woke up at night and started coughing (he usually wakes up and gets a diaper change anyway, but now he can't go back to sleep because of the coughing) and he will usually cough for 30-60 minutes before finally going back to bed. He doesn't have a hard time breathing or any congestion but he can't fall back asleep because of the coughing. He doesn't cough during the day and has had no fever or any other sign of a cold whatsoever. I took him in today just to see if he had anything and the doctor gave me medicine for Bronchitis even though she said his lungs sounded clear. Is this common practice? She said that it could be early signs of Bronchitis (last week he had a low-grade fever for a few days but it went away and he didn't really have any other signs of being sick) and if it was that the medicine would get rid of it early on. I am just wondering if this is normal?
If the coughing continues I would seriously consider taking him to an asthma specialist. Something similar happened to me with my son. I guess he was about 3 when it started. He had a terrible, dry night time cough. We were seriously losing sleep. I'd take him to his pediatrician and he'd give me cough meds. While they worked sometimes, that fact that I was having to give him this every night just to make it thru the night bothered me. My FIL is practices Internal Medicine and told me that this isn't really normal (keep in mind this was going on for MONTHS). He sent me to an asthma specialist and sure enough my son has cough variant asthma. He's 9 and I've still never heard him wheeze....when he has an attack he coughs....and they tend to get worse at night. He's on a preventative now and we rarely have problems now.
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I'm anon :59, and didn't realize I clicked anon, anyway, I mentioned asthma to my doc and he said he HAD to wheeze. I know not all doc's feel this way and quickly left his practice after I learned better. My husband has asthma and so does my mom. DH has 21 neices and nephews and quite a few have asthma, some with classic symptoms and some not. If it continues, you really mght want to consider it. And it's not so bad, many children grow out of it.
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