Case scenario

Maria has come to the pharmacy to collect a repeat prescription of prednisolone oral liquid for her 4-year-old son, Miguel. He suffers from asthma, and prednisolone is kept at home for emergency use. The dose on the original prescription is 6 mL (30 mg) initially, followed by 3 mL (15 mg) daily for 2 days. Miguel weighs 15 kg so the dose equates to 2 mg/kg initially and 1 mg/kg for the next 2 doses.

What advice do you give Maria about the future management of flare-ups, considering the updates in the Australian Asthma Handbook?

Learning objectives

After successful completion of this CPD activity, pharmacists should be able to:

  • Discuss asthma occurrence in Australian children
  • Outline key updates in the revised Australian Asthma Handbook on asthma symptom management in infants
  • Outline asthma management options in children.

Competencies (2016) addressed: 1.1, 1.3, 1.5, 2.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 3.6

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Asthma is a common, chronic inflammatory disease of the airways that presents as episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, cough and chest tightness. It is due to widespread narrowing of the airways and obst

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