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5yr old probably has asthmatic cough are neti pots helpful-no other asthma symptoms so trying to find alternative help to avoid too much steroids etc

5 doctor answers12 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cindy Juster
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Not for asthma.: If you're concerned that your child's cough may be due to asthma, please see your child's doctor. Rinsing out the nose with saline helps for coughs from post-nasal drip but won't help asthma. If a bacterial infection is causing the cough, antibiotics may be needed; asthma can be treated with a number of different meds, and inhaled steroids give a much lower dose than oral steroids.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine 28 years experience
Maybe: Netty pots are most helpful if there is a component of allergic rhinitis with a drippy nose. Then it is good to keep the nose clean, but unless the nasal allergis trigger a cough it probably won't help an asthmatic cough.
Dr. Philip Rosenblum
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Inhalers are OK: Several studies have shown minimal long term effects from properly used inhaled steroids in young children. They are much better than using oral prednisone. Again, control is best.
Dr. George Valdez
Specializes in Family Medicine
See your doctor: Cough can be many things beside asthma, including other lung disorders, heart disease, acid reflux, infection, foreign body, or many other issues, so you really need to see a doctor to see what is causing cough and what the options are.
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 18 years experience
May not need steriod: Steroids are generally used in asthmatics who have persistent symptoms that need a "controller" to reduce inflammation and the amount of "rescue inhaler" use. Regardless, if an inhaled steroid is needed, there appears to be excessive worry about side effects. The majority of the steroid (cortisone) stays in the lungs and does not get into the blood stream. Your pediatrician should be consulted.

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