Asthma Inhalers: Are They Stunting Your Child’s Growth? Read This! by Joy Stephenson-Laws JD
For children, growth is everything, and some asthma medications unfortunately may stunt growth. Steroids like fluticasone and beclomethasone are meant to be taken as asthma preventers – daily. But fluticasone (Flovent), for example, was found in a review of published research to reduce growth by half a centimeter per year in kids under 18.
Explore possible treatment options. Some children with asthma may be successfully treated with leukotriene inhibitors (reduces inflammation) or with magnesium – and neither cause growth problems. Magnesium’s ability to open up your bronchi, which are the main passageways for air to get into your lungs, as well as anti-inflammatory effects make this a promising treatment option to discuss with your child’s doctor.
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