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How bad a child's asthma need to be to prescribe Pulmicort respules?
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Dr. Thomas Seck
Pediatrics
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In brief: Depends
In general inhaled steroids are started when a child is experiencing frequent night cough (> 2/mo), frequent asthma symptoms/inhaler use (>2/wk), limited activities, frequent severe attacks (<6wks apart).
You can also use steroid inhalers instead of Pulmicort or use singulair (montelukast) pills/granules instead of a steroid. The age of the child also plays a role. It's different for a 2mo old vs 14 yr old.

In brief: Depends
In general inhaled steroids are started when a child is experiencing frequent night cough (> 2/mo), frequent asthma symptoms/inhaler use (>2/wk), limited activities, frequent severe attacks (<6wks apart).
You can also use steroid inhalers instead of Pulmicort or use singulair (montelukast) pills/granules instead of a steroid. The age of the child also plays a role. It's different for a 2mo old vs 14 yr old.
Dr. Thomas Seck
Dr. Thomas Seck
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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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