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Asthma in Children - Other Treatment

Immunotherapy

If your child has asthma symptoms that are triggered by allergens, your child's doctor may recommend immunotherapy. For this treatment, your child get shots or uses pills that have a small amount of certain allergens in them. Your child's body "gets used to" the allergen, so your child reacts less to it over time. This kind of treatment may help prevent or reduce some allergy symptoms.

Allergy shots have been shown to reduce asthma symptoms and the need for medicines in some people.16 But allergy shots are not equally effective for all allergens. Allergy shots should not be given when asthma is poorly controlled.

Allergies: Should I Take Allergy Shots?

Counseling

Research has shown that (in addition to taking medicine) family therapy, such as counseling, may be helpful to children who have asthma.17 In one small study, peak expiratory flow and daytime wheezing improved in children who had therapy compared with those who didn't. Another small study found that children showed overall improvement from therapy.

Complementary medicine

Complementary medicine is a term used for a wide variety of health care practices that may be used along with standard medical treatment.

While most mind and body practices such as acupuncture, breathing exercises, and yoga seem to be safe when used in the right way, be sure to check with your child's doctor first. Talk about any complementary health practice that you would like your child to try or that your child is already using. Your doctor can help you manage your child's health better if he or she has the whole picture about your child's health.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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