Asthma in Children - Treatment Overview
Know what to do if asthma gets worse continued...
If your child's medicine is not working to control airway
inflammation, your doctor will first check to see whether your child is using
inhaler correctly. If your child is using it
correctly, your doctor may increase the dosage, switch to another medicine, or
add a medicine to the existing treatment.
child's asthma does not improve with treatment, he or she may require more treatment, including larger doses of medicines. An asthma specialist typically prescribes these medicines.
Plan for emergencies
If your child has a severe
asthma attack (the
red zone of the asthma action plan), give him or her medicine based on the
action plan. Talk with a doctor right away about
what to do next. This is especially important if your child's
peak expiratory flow (PEF) does not return to the
green zone or stays within the
yellow zone after he or she takes medicine.
may have to go to the emergency room for
At the hospital, your child will probably receive
inhaled beta2-agonists and
steroid medicines. He or she may be given
oxygen therapy. Doctors will assess your child's lung
function and condition. Depending on the response, further treatment in the
emergency room or a stay in the hospital may be needed.