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Your concerns are quite understandable, given that oral steroids are likely to affect long term growth & immunity if used on a regular basis in a child
While the effects of oral steroids (Prednisolone) are incremental, generally speaking oral steroids of 2 mg/kg/day for around 20 days in a year would be not likely to cause any significant effects
If used for longer periods, especially in high doses, then certainly it can have some effect on growth
HOWEVER, it is very important to remember that severe asthma is far more likely to impact growth if it remains untreated
I would urge you to consider interacting with an allergist to test your daughter for the common allergens, so that the use of steroid can be curtailed in this situation
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I am worried cause she has been on it since 2 months old
Also, is quvar also bad for her long term?
Inhaled steroids are far less likely to cause any long term problems,
and even my daughter is taking the same (she has just turned 3) !
For the last 6 months regularly now :)
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is there anything else she can take that can substitute the prenisone
with less long term side effects
She should be on higher doses of Qvar and see if that helps in reducing the need for oral prednisolone
Monteleukast is another oral medicine that may make a difference
Talk to an asthma specialist for the same (Pulmonologist)
and get an allergy consultation too
does monteleukast have less side effects?
Certainly, but it is milder and less effective than oral steroids
ok i see
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