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Drinking Age: Child-appropriate Treatment for Pediatric Asthma

Amanda Stevenson-Grund - Friday, November 18, 2016

In the United States, asthma affects 22 million people. It is the most common chronic disease of childhood. Today, 6 million children have asthma.”
Tinkelman and Covar, National Jewish Health. Pediatric Asthma Overview.

A child with pediatric asthma may require prednisone

When it comes to alcohol, many teenagers and young adults look forward to the day they are old enough to legally drink. When it comes to medication, many physicians and caregivers look forward to the day the patients are old enough to stop drinking and start taking solid formulations, such as tablets and capsules, instead. Tablets and capsules are typically not age-appropriate for pediatric patients, especially children with asthma.

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Prednisone: Breathing Life into Patients with Pediatric Asthma

Amanda Stevenson-Grund - Friday, November 04, 2016

Asthma continues to be a major health concern among the pediatric population in the U.S. Considering the benefits of short bursts of systemic corticosteroid therapy, it is important to ensure that patients tolerate the drug prescribed.
Giblin and Hendeles, US Pharm. 2015;40(5):HS6-HS8

A pediatric patient makes a face at her medication because of its bitter taste

Pediatric asthma is a common plot device in sitcoms and movies. The nerdy kid with the inhaler grows up to be the brainy billionaire. In life, however, pediatric asthma is serious, and many parents worry about the quality of life for their children if they suffer from asthma. Physicians often treat pediatric asthma with corticosteroids, such as prednisone. However, the bitter taste of prednisone can lead to noncompliance in pediatric patients.

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