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10 May 2004

Asthma on 7 year old
Doc. My brother is 7 years old and he's been asthmatic since he was at least 3. He normally get's attacks once every 2 months or less. Now the attacks are one every 3 weeks to a month. We've been to hospitals and we always get the same medication. What is the best way that you know that could lessen the attacks? Is there something that we can use on a daily basis just to make sure that he has no attacks and if we do see an attack coming, is there something he can use to stop it? Please help.
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childhood diseases
paediatrician

01 Jan 0001

The only proven way to re-establish control of asthma is to:
1) eradicate all triggers in his vicinity e.g. cigarette smoke exposure
2) use daily preventative treatment diligently (steroid pump)
3) use a short course 5-7days of oral steroids during an attack
4) use the reliever pump (ventolin, beroted etc) ONLY when needed

Unfortunately we cannot prevent viral infections that often do trigger a new episode, but we can do a lot of other things (as above) to improve the asthma control. It is important that the same doctor (who preferably has lots of asthma experience) reviews your child everytime, to get an accurate idea of how good his control is.
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