Babies and small children need early treatment for asthma symptoms to prevent severe breathing problems. They may have more serious problems than adults because their bronchial tubes are smaller.
Although it may appear that occasional treatment with medicines for children who have mild asthma is enough, one review has noted that one-third of fatal asthma attacks occurred in children who had mild asthma.footnote 1 Even if your child's asthma does not appear severe, work with your doctor to make the right plan for your child.
The U.S. National Asthma Education and Prevention Program (NAEPP) recommends treatment with long-term medicines for infants and young children who:footnote 2
These recommendations are also followed in Canada.
Stempel DA (2003). The pharmacologic management of childhood asthma. Pediatric Clinics of North America, 50(3): 610-629.
National Institutes of Health (2007). National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Expert Panel Report 3: Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma (NIH Publication No. 08-5846). Available online: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/asthma/index.htm.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerJohn Pope, MD, MPH - PediatricsDonald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerLora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics
Current as ofDecember 6, 2017
Current as of: December 6, 2017
John Pope, MD, MPH - Pediatrics
& Donald Sproule, MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Lora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics
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