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how bad does a child's asthma need to be in order to have pulmicort respules used?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Routine for toddlers: I commonly use Budesonide respules with bronchospasm in infants as young as 6m or so.I use it as a preventative agent in infants & toddlers & switch to hand held inhalers by 4-6 depending on the skills of the kid.If a kid needs nebulized bronchodilators in this age range, they can use the budesonide. It is much less total steroid burden on the child's g&d & immune system than pulsed oral steroids.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Asthma: Severity os a significant component. But if you have to ask the question, then you really should see an asthma specialist to make that decision for you. Better to treat and be safe, then pay the price (expense and worry) of a late night visit to the urgent care.
Dr. Paul Carter
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Any child with asthma symptoms needs to be evaluated by a physician. Symptoms that occur more than 1 time per week, wake the child from sleep at night, or require a visit to a doctor would necessitate a controller drug like Pulmicort.
May 15, 2012

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A 47-year-old member asked:

How bad does your child's asthma need to be to have Pulmicort respules prescribed?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Mild persistent: If a person with asthma uses their albuterol to treat symptoms more than twice per week or has night-time asthma more than twice per month, then their asthma is poorly controlled and they need a controller medication. Albuterol is a "rescue" medication and only temporarily reverses symptoms without treating the underlying problem. Pulmicort is a controller medication.
A 38-year-old member asked:

How bad a child's asthma need to be to prescribe Pulmicort respules?

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Dr. Cheryl Coldwater
Pediatrics 38 years experience
Frequency/severity: If a child needs to use a rescue inhaler (or nebulizer) more than two days a week on a regular basis, or asthma symptoms are waking her up more than twice a week, the asthma is not in good control. An inhaled steroid (such as pulmicort) may be indicated to reduce swelling in the bronchial tubes.

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