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Asthma is a challenging condition. It can affect all areas of your child's life.
One of the best tools for managing asthma is a daily controller medicine that has a corticosteroid (sometimes called a "steroid"). But some people worry about using corticosteroid medicines because of myths they've heard about them. If you're making a decision about a corticosteroid inhaler, it helps to know the facts.
Most asthma attacks result from a failure to successfully control asthma with medicines. By strictly following your child's doctor's recommendations and correctly giving medicine to your child, it is possible to prevent asthma attacks from occurring in most children. This can greatly reduce the impact of asthma on your child's life.
Parents sometimes think that their child's asthma is life-threatening even when it is mild. Many parents of children who have asthma believe that asthma can affect their child's emotional well-being. You can work with your child's doctor to learn ways of dealing with asthma to take away some, if not most, of your and your child's anxiety.
Family therapy, such as counseling, may be helpful to children who have asthma. A review of studies showed that peak expiratory flow and daytime wheezing improved in children who had therapy compared with those who didn't and that children showed overall improvement from therapy.footnote 1
Yorke J, Shuldham C (2005). Family therapy for asthma in children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2). Oxford: Update Software.
Current as ofJune 9, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: John Pope MD - PediatricsAdam Husney MD - Family MedicineLora J. Stewart MD - Allergy and Immunology
Current as of:
June 9, 2019
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Lora J. Stewart MD - Allergy and Immunology
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