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 obstruction of airflow.

Learning objectives

After reading this article, 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.

Accreditation number: CAP1908MUDR.

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?

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