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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.1 Even if
your child's asthma does not appear severe, work with your doctor to make the
right plan for your child.
The National Asthma Education and
Prevention Program (NAEPP) recommends treatment with long-term medicines for
infants and young children who:2
Stempel DA (2003). The pharmacologic management of
childhood asthma. Pediatric Clinics of North America,
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:
Current as of:
March 14, 2013
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Lora J. Stewart, MD - Allergy and Immunology
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