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Asthma Treatment in Kids

Children with mild intermittent asthma do not have symptoms very often and therefore, generally do not need to be on daily "control" medications.

However, all children with asthma may need occasional "rescue" medications to treat asthma "attacks," occasional periods of asthma symptoms, often triggered by a viral infection (such as the common cold), or exposure to an allergen (for example, pets or pollens) or irritant (such as cigarette smoke).

For quick relief of symptoms, the following are recommended for older children with mild intermittent asthma:

  • Short-acting inhaled (breathed-in) beta-2 agonists

  • Alternative treatment --¬†short-acting oral (taken by mouth) beta-2 agonists.

If the symptoms are severe, or the child has had severe attacks in the past, a short course of steroids given by mouth or directly into the bloodstream may be recommended.

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Short-acting beta-2 agonists


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