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Q: My four year old son has been suffering from asthma for the last one year and I have been giving him Seroflow Rotahaler (250 mg) - 1 year and Montair (5 Mg) for 2 months. But these don't seem to have helped much. His chest seems to be congested at times. Am I giving her the right medication? Should I switch to another doctor?

Pooja (Arunachal Pradesh, India)

A: Your doctor's treatment is correct, but I am not sure whether a 4 year old is able to inhale the Rotacaps properly. Get the technique properly verified. Do not change your doctor.

Dr. Subba Rao

Q: My neighbour's daughter is six year old and gets frequent wheezing attacks with sudden bouts of coughing at night. She is treated with brancodilators and kidrox tablets. The cough goes temporarily but then comes back again. What can they do to avoid these attacks?. They do have a family history of asthama. Is it that even this baby will get asthma? Can this be cured now?

Kavisha (Dubai, UAE)

A: If they have a family history of asthma, then the child is likely to develop it as well. Usually 2/3rd children with asthma grow out of it when they reach adulthood. There is no cure for asthma. If you treat it symptomatically, with regular, proper medication, you can keep it under control. If the child gets regular attacks, especially at nights, which prevent him from sleeping, he needs to be on regular medication. The best medications are administered by inhalers. They use only 1/10th of the oral dose and are very effective. If the child has regular attacks, she should be started on steroid inhalers and bronchodilators. After 3 months or so, if he gets better, the steroids can be reduced or stopped. The bronchodilators should be taken regularly at first and then later on when necessary. Since the baby cannot use inhalers alone at this age, they should buy a spacer for him. There is no need to worry about this. Start using the inhalers as oral medicines are not good. See your paediatrician for help.

Dr. Balasubramanian

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