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Why would the doctor prescribed albuterol for cough, and prednisolone for cough also for a 6 years old kid?

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Dr. Debra Miller
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Sign of bronchospasm: A cough can be a sign of bronchospasm or an "asthma-like" response to a cold or an allergen. Therefore we treat it like asthma with an albuterol and steroids. The cough is usually drawn out and with coughing spasms and worse late at night.
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 30 years experience
RAD?: If they examined your child and/or know their previous medical history and problems, etc, they could possibly be treating a condition such as reactive airway disease, which can do well with those medications. Ask the Rx doctor to get the real answer. Best wishes.
Dr. Thomas Knecht
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Asthma: Hi. Both of those drugs treat asthma, and cough is a common manifestation of asthma, so putting two and two together, I'd come up with the suspicion the pediatrician suspects asthma as the cause of the cough and is treating accordingly.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
I agree. Those meds : treat the bronchospasm & inflammation of an exacerbation of asthma, aka reactive airway disease. Ask his pediatrician about long-term management; i.e., use of maintenance medications, when to start bronchodilators in future coughing episodes & evaluation for triggers of his asthma by a pediatric allergist/immunologist. See http://www.health.ri.gov/asthma/for/parents/
Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
Pediatrics 41 years experience
Asthma: The doctor prescribed these medications because the child was wheezing.
Dr. Maureen Nash
Geriatric Psychiatry 24 years experience
Not all wheezing is asthma though. Talk with your child's doctor.
Nov 8, 2014

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