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Treating Asthma in Babies and Younger Children

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Babies and small children need early treatment for asthma symptoms to prevent severe breathing problems. They may have more serious problems than adults because their bronchial tubes are smaller.

Although it may appear that occasional treatment with medicines for children who have mild asthma is enough, one review has noted that one-third of fatal asthma attacks occurred in children who had mild asthma.1 Even if your child's asthma does not appear severe, work with your doctor to make the right plan for your child.

The National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) recommends treatment with long-term medicines for infants and young children who:2

  • Consistently need treatment for symptoms on more than 2 days a week for longer than 4 weeks.
  • Have severe attacks more than once every 6 weeks.
  • Have had wheezing 4 or more times in the past year lasting longer than 1 day and affecting sleepand who have atopic dermatitis or a parent with asthma.
  • Have had wheezing 4 or more times in the past year lasting longer than 1 day and affecting sleepand two of the following four symptoms:

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