Asthma in Children - Other Treatment
(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
- Allergies: Should I Take Allergy Shots?
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
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
Talk to your doctor before your child tries a complementary
or alternative treatment.