Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Sarah | 2010-08-09



Referring to my post on my toddler who has a on and off cough. Would a GP be able to diagnose whether my child has asthma. What tests are run and how do they diagnose.
If the Dr says his chest is once again clear and it is in fact a case of asthma what will happen if it is left untreated? Would it be something that is outgrown or will it become worse?
Thank you for your earlier response.

Expert's Reply



The story you gave of your son's illness is absolutely typical of a young child with asthma, yet he was not diagnosed as having asthma. Your son's chest could well have been quite clear if the doctor examined him at a time of the day when he was not coughing, such as in the afternoon.If asthma is not properly diagnosed and treated it can become a life long chronic illness, this is why it must be treated as early as possible.Please take your son to see a paediatrician with expertise in paediatric allergy or pulmonology.

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