If your child gets symptoms three times a week or more
They will probably have a steroid inhaler. This is a preventer. It usually comes in a brown, cream, red, or orange inhaler. It helps your child's lungs work better so they don't get so many asthma symptoms.
Your child will usually use this inhaler once or twice a day.
The dose of steroids your child needs will depend on how often they get symptoms and how bad these are.
If your child has tried using two inhalers but is still getting symptoms
They can try another treatment called salmeterol. This may help to better control your child's symptoms. Your child must use this type of inhaler only with a steroid inhaler. Using it on its own can be dangerous.
If these don't help, your child may be given a higher dose of steroids to breathe in through an inhaler.
Changing your child's treatment
Your GP or practice nurse will usually see your child at least once a year to check that their asthma is under control.
If your child's symptoms don't happen often, they may be able to take a lower dose of their medicine. And if they've been getting symptoms often, they may need a higher dose. Doctors call this the 'stepwise' approach to treating asthma. If your child needs a higher dose, it's called 'stepping up'. If they can control their asthma with a lower dose, it's called 'stepping down'. To learn more, see How bad is my child's asthma?
Doctors and nurses try to treat asthma with the lowest dose of each medicine. The lower the dose, the less likely your child is to get side effects.
For references related to Asthma in children click here.
July 03, 2012
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