I have a 5 year old daughter who recently spent a week in the hospital due to the cough variant asthma. She coughed for 2 months straight and was miss-diagnosed with sinus infections and allergies until we went to see a very aggressive pediatric pulomonogist. My daughter was getting so little air that she could barely speak. She had to take interviness steriods to get the inflammation out of her chest and have the neb. treatments every two hours while she was in the hospital. The steriods made her CRAZY, which apparently they do to most children, but in the end it jump started the recovery and it has begun to lead us to recovery. She now is on Xopenex every 8 hours and Atrovent every 8 hours (alternating) and she does a flovent inhaler 2x per day. I hope this helps! I wish I found this site sooner!
Also leading up to the hospital stay my daughters behavior had become quite out of control. I was told she was not getting enough oxygen and that made her a bit on the aggressive side. Best of luck.