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    Asthma in Children - Exams and Tests

    Regular checkups

    You need to monitor your child's condition and have regular checkups to keep asthma under control and to review and possibly update your child's asthma action plan. The frequency of checkups depends on how your child's asthma is classified. Checkups are recommended:

    • About every 6 to 12 months for children who have intermittent or mild persistent asthma that has been under control for at least 3 months.
    • Every 3 to 4 months for children who have moderate persistent asthma.
    • Every 1 to 2 months for children who have uncontrolled or severe persistent asthma.

    During checkups, your doctor will ask you and your child whether symptoms or peak expiratory flow or both have held steady, improved, or become worse. He or she will also ask about asthma attacks during exercise, at night, or after laughing or crying hard. You and your child track this information in an asthma diary.

    Tests to identify triggers

    If your child has persistent asthma and takes medicine every day, your doctor may ask about his or her exposure to substances (allergens) that cause an allergic reaction. For more information about tests for allergies, see the topic Allergic Rhinitis.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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