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Asthma in Children - Other Treatment

Allergy shots

Allergy shots (immunotherapy) may be recommended for children who have asthma symptoms when they are around substances to which they are allergic (allergens). 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 and alternative treatments

A review of complementary and alternative treatments for asthma in children concluded that none have been proved to improve asthma symptoms and some may have harmful side effects.18 The therapies reviewed included:

Talk to your doctor before your child tries a complementary or alternative treatment.

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    Last Updated: January 24, 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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