Explaining Asthma to Your Child


When the doctor first told you that your child had asthma, you probably had quite a few
questions and maybe even some concerns. And, just as you wanted answers, your child
also needs to understand what asthma means.

If your child understands the basics — how asthma affects breathing and how having
breathing problems can restrict his or her activities — then the reasons for asthma
treatment will make more sense and should make it easier for your child to participate
in his or her treatment.

The right approach is important

The best approach when talking to your child is to be positive, open, and honest. Explain
to your child what asthma is and how it can affect him or her. It may not always be clear,
but it's important for your child to understand that asthma symptoms and attacks can be
prevented by taking medicine before these attacks and asthma symptoms occur. This will
help him or her realize that, while asthma can't be ignored, it does not need to take over his
or her life. Your child should not be frightened about having asthma or feel that he or she
can't do things that children without asthma can do.

Let your child share his or her thoughts

It's equally important to help your child talk to you about asthma. The more comfortable and
knowledgeable your child is in talking about how he or she feels, the easier it will be for
you to keep track of his or her symptoms and condition. This may be a greater challenge
for parents with younger children, who may not vocalize their own symptoms. In this case,
recognizing asthma symptoms in your child becomes even more important.

Regardless of age, reporting your child's symptoms back to the doctor to help ensure your
child's treatment and asthma care plan is a perfect fit is an important part of controlling
your child's asthma.


Preparing Your Child's Caregivers


For the times when your child
is with another caregiver, get
tips on educating others about your child's 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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