Asthma in Children - Medications
Your child?s doctor will work with you and your child to
help find the number and dose of medicines that work best.
Concern about medicines and growth
There has been some worry that children who use inhaled
corticosteroids may not grow as tall as other children. In the studies done so
far, there was a very small difference in height and growth in children using
inhaled corticosteroids compared to children not using them.
children stopped using inhaled corticosteroids, their growth increased. It is
expected that even though using inhaled corticosteroids may slow growth at
first, children will still grow to a normal height.19 But no study has gone on long
enough for experts to be sure. The difference in height is very small, and this
effect is rare. But children using inhaled corticosteroids should have their
height checked once or twice a year.
What to Think About
- Quick-relief medicines. Because these medicines
quickly reduce symptoms, children sometimes overuse them instead of
adding the slower-acting, long-term medicines. But
overuse of quick-relief medicines may have harmful
effects, such as decreasing how well these
medicines work in the future.20 Overuse of quick-relief medicine is also
a sign that asthma symptoms are not being controlled. You should talk
with your doctor right away.
- Corticosteroid pills. Research shows that the most
important factor in reducing the severity and length of an asthma attack in
children is giving a corticosteroid pill early in a severe attack. These pills work best when given at the first sign of
- Inhaled medicines. Try
to avoid giving your child an inhaled medicine when he or she is crying,
because not as much medicine is delivered to the lungs.