Asthma in Children and Toddlers


Asthma is an ongoing condition that interferes with your child's breathing. It should be noted that, when dealing with asthma in children, there is almost always some degree of inflammation in their lungs, even when no symptoms are present. As a result, their lungs are especially sensitive and easily irritated. When their lungs are irritated, the lining of their airways swells up and mucus can begin to block the flow of air to their lungs. At the same time, the muscles around their airways become tight, making it hard to breathe and creating a variety of asthma symptoms.

Your child is not alone

If your child has asthma, he or she is not alone. In fact, asthma is one of the most common long-term conditions among children today. There are almost 10.5 million children in the United States under the age of 18 years who have been diagnosed with asthma. Although there is no accurate way to predict who will get asthma, here are some things we do know.

  • Having a family history of asthma increases the risk of asthma in children
    • Having a mother with asthma increases the risk more than having a father with asthma
  • Asthma is much more likely to begin in very young children. Between 50% and 80% of children with asthma developed symptoms before the age of five years
  • Asthma is more than 60% more common among African American children than among Caucasian children

How you can help

Learn how to recognize asthma symptoms in your child and which triggers may cause them. Sometimes it can be confusing. But the more you know, the better you can manage your child's condition.

"If I can give one piece of advice to a mom or a dad who has a child with asthma, it would be to educate yourself."
-Noemi D. Mom of child with asthma
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Important Safety Information

PULMICORT RESPULES is not a bronchodilator and should NOT be used to treat an acute asthma attack. If your child is switching to PULMICORT RESPULES from an oral corticosteroid, follow the doctor's instructions to avoid serious health risks when your child stops using oral corticosteroids.

Only use PULMICORT RESPULES with a jet nebulizer machine that is connected to an air compressor. Do not use an ultrasonic nebulizer.

Thrush infection of the mouth and throat may occur with PULMICORT RESPULES.

Avoid exposure of your child to infections such as chicken pox and measles. Tell your doctor immediately if your child is exposed.

Inhaled corticosteroids may cause a reduction in growth rate. The long-term effect on final adult height is unknown.

PULMICORT RESPULES should not be used if your child is allergic to budesonide or any of the ingredients.

Be sure to tell the healthcare provider about all your child's health conditions and all medicines he or she may be taking.

As with other inhaled asthma medications, bronchospasm, with an immediate increase in wheezing, may occur after dosing. If bronchospasm occurs following dosing with PULMICORT RESPULES, it should be treated immediately with a fast-acting inhaled bronchodilator. Treatment with PULMICORT RESPULES should be stopped and your physician consulted.

The most common side effects include respiratory infection, runny nose, coughing, ear infection, viral infection, thrush in the mouth and throat, inflammation of the stomach including vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and loss of appetite, nose bleed, pink eye, and rash.

Approved Use

PULMICORT RESPULES® (budesonide inhalation suspension) is a maintenance medicine used to control and prevent asthma symptoms in children ages 12 months to 8 years.

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