Pediatrics Articles

Children’s Use of Inhaled Steroids for Asthma Decreases Adult Height

by Dr. Randy


Should your child use inhaled steroids to control asthma symptoms?

Steroids have become the standard treatment for asthma in children for both acute symptoms and for prevention. Estimates in the past have suggested that the use of inhaled steroids cause a ten percent reduction in eventual height.

A recent long term study has shown that a commonly prescribed inhaled steroid for asthma control, budesonide (Pulmicort), in children does in fact result in a reduction in growth. The alarming finding of this study was that the reduction in growth velocity occurred in the first two years of drug use in preadolescents 5 to 10 years of age. The reduction in eventual height was on average nearly 2 cm. Height measurements were taken every 6-12 months until 25 years of age. The effect of reduction in height was more pronounced in women.

Inhaled steroids may not be the best route to take for the treatment of asthma. There are excellent alternative approaches. Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture, homeopathy, and nutritional approaches are all safe and effective medical treatments. And a comprehensive holistic approach that reduces inflammation can have a significant preventive and curative effect on asthma.

For a more comprehensive discussion of the holistic approach to asthma treatment in children click here.

And see my book The Holistic Baby Guide.


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