I've posted both on a few different boards about this cough that our son (5) started about 6 months ago. It's getting worse. When it first started back in the spring it sounded more like a clearing of the throat and we thought it was just a little tic that would go away, but it's obviously not, and now it's what you see... very physical and loud.
It happens every day, various times. He might go all morning and only have it happen a couple times, and then he'll have bad spells where it's almost constant.
We're trying to watch for triggers, some seem to be: laying down (it often happens at night, but not every night), after eating, with dust, and with exercise. Sometimes it just happens for seemingly no reason.
So far doctors have tried Flonase and Claritin thinking allergies. Didn't work. They then gave us Ventolin puffer to try to see if that helped, it didnt. Today they gave us Flovent to try twice daily.
The only things he's really said to us are: it feels like something's pushing on his stomach, and a couple times he's mentioned the "throw up" and once he said about the "juicys in my throat". But then a couple other times he's said it feels like it's hard to breathe.
We have no idea what to think. Somethings point to asthma (worse with dust, exercise) and others point to reflux. We've even had the possibility of a vascular ring mentioned to us. My father has a hiatal hernia, and I've even wondered about that.
But honestly, my husband and I are getting worried. Neither of us have ever seen or heard a cough like this, it's getting worse, and it's starting to bother our son. We're waiting to see the pediatrician but the earlier they can get us in is the 11th.
Anyways, please watch and give me your thoughts. If you think it could be reflux, or have any other ideas on what it could be. Also, what you personally would request for tests to be done.