Asthma is a chronic disease and it may not be cured. But your child’s symptoms and acute asthma attacks can be managed effectively with medications such as inhaled corticosteroids and beta2-agonists. Children tend to have more severe symptoms as their airways (bronchial tubes) are smaller as compared to adults. If your child has symptoms of asthma consult your doctor to make the right plan for your child. Experts say that early and appropriate treatment of asthma in children can help to prevent severe asthma problems.
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Your doctor will prescribe medications to control asthma symptoms and aims of treatment are to:
Treatment of Acute Asthma Symptoms
If you have asthma action plan for your child start the medicines based on the action plan and then consult your doctor. If your child has severe symptoms start the medications and consult your doctor immediately.
The medications used for rapid control of symptoms include short-acting inhaled or oral beta2 agonists, short-course of oral corticosteroids or anti-cholinergics (such as ipratropium). These are also known as quick relief medicines or rescue medications. Take these medicines as per your asthma action plan or your doctor’s advice. These are meant for use during an acute asthma attack and not as a replacement of controller drugs. Use of controller medicines should not be stopped during an asthma attack.
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Long term control of asthma symptoms: Your doctor will prescribe medications for long termcontrol of asthma symptoms. The medications given for control of symptoms include the quick-relief medications and long term control medications.
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Medications for Long-term control: Commonly prescribed controller medicines for asthma include;
Monitor your child’s asthma symptoms and go for regular checkups to keep asthma under control and to ensureappropriate treatment.The medications for asthma are prescribed based on the symptoms and frequency of acute episodes of asthma. All the medications used for treatment of asthma can have side effects -- so do not make changes in medications of their dose without consulting your child’s doctor. Follow your doctor’s recommendations to achieve optimal control of your symptoms.
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