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What should I know before my child under 5 starts using inhaled steroids?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Daily low-dose corticosteroids are the preferred treatment for children of 5 years and younger with mild persistent asthma.

A medium dose of inhaled corticosteroid is the preferred treatment for children of 5 years and younger with moderate persistent asthma and the starting treatment for children less than 5 years old with severe, persistent asthma.

A child who has latent tuberculosis or has ever had tuberculosis, should not take an inhaled corticosteroid.

If your child has herpes infection of the eye, he or she should not take an inhaled corticosteroid.

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