Help your child cope with asthma this winter


Meredith Hemler

20 January 2015

While the winter brings plenty of fun activities—snowball fights, sledding, and snowmen—for children with asthma, the winter months can be difficult to deal with.

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways in the lungs. When your child has an asthma attack, the airways become irritated and inflamed, making it more difficult for your child to breathe. Over 7 million children—or 1 out of 11 kids—suffer from asthma and it can be a serious health concern that can impact daily life.

The bitter cold temperatures and dry air of the winter months can worsen symptoms for children. Due to the change in temperature and air quality, children may experience increased asthma symptoms.

What To Look For

Symptoms of asthma include shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, wheezing, and chronic cough. When environmental factors impact your child, these symptoms may happen more frequently or more severely.

How You Can Help

Luckily, there are steps you can take to help while still allowing your child to enjoy winter activities.

  • Inside the home, replace the filters of your heating system to minimize dust and air pollutants
  • Place a humidifier in your child’s bedroom to moisten the dry winter air
  • When your child is playing outside, wrap a scarf around his mouth or have him wear a mask. This small covering will help filter and moisten the cold, dry air
  • Make sure your child takes regular breaks when playing to prevent overexertion and trouble breathing

If Your Child’s Symptoms Persist

If your child’s symptoms continue or worsen, consult with a doctor. Complete the asthma action plan guide; it will enable you and your doctor to develop an effective plan for your child, controlling symptoms effectively. This guide will help your doctor make an appropriate diagnosis and proper treatment recommendations.

One example of potential treatment is PULMICORT RESPULES® (budesonide inhalation suspension). PULMICORT RESPULES is an FDA-approved asthma maintenance medication created just for kids ages 12 months to 8 years to control and prevent asthma symptoms. PULMICORT RESPULES helps reduce swelling and inflammation in the lungs, and helps keep the airways open to reduce asthma symptoms. By breathing through a jet nebulizer connected to an air compressor with an adequate air flow, your child receives the medicine in his or her lungs. PULMICORT RESPULES is available in a once or twice-daily dosing option. It is available in 3 strengths: 0.25 mg/2 mL, 0.5 mg/2 mL, or 1 mg/2 mL.

Important Safety Information

PULMICORT RESPULES is not a bronchodilator and should NOT be used to treat an acute asthma attack. If your child is switching to PULMICORT RESPULES from an oral corticosteroid, follow the doctor’s instructions to avoid serious health risks when your child stops using oral corticosteroids.

Only use PULMICORT RESPULES with a jet nebulizer machine that is connected to an air compressor. Do not use an ultrasonic nebulizer.

Thrush infection of the mouth and throat may occur with PULMICORT RESPULES.

Avoid exposure of your child to infections such as chicken pox and measles. Tell your doctor immediately if your child is exposed.

Inhaled corticosteroids may cause a reduction in growth rate. The long-term effect on final adult height is unknown.

PULMICORT RESPULES should not be used if your child is allergic to budesonide or any of the ingredients.

Be sure to tell the healthcare provider about all your child’s health conditions and all medicines he or she may be taking.

As with other inhaled asthma medications, bronchospasm, with an immediate increase in wheezing, may occur after dosing. If bronchospasm occurs following dosing with PULMICORT RESPULES, it should be treated immediately with a fast-acting inhaled bronchodilator. Treatment with PULMICORT RESPULES should be stopped and your physician consulted.

The most common side effects include respiratory infection, runny nose, coughing, ear infection, viral infection, thrush in the mouth and throat, inflammation of the stomach including vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain and loss of appetite, nose bleed, pink eye, and rash.

For more information about PULMICORT RESPULES, visit or call 1-800-236-9933 (Monday – Friday 8 AM – 6 PM ET, excluding holidays) to speak directly with a nurse, who will answer any questions that you may have.

Maintain the Action Plan

Make sure your child consistently takes medication as prescribed. By minimizing asthma triggers and maintaining appropriate treatment recommendations, your child can enjoy the winter months and remain active. Talk to your doctor about what steps are right for your child.

Approved Use

PULMICORT RESPULES® (budesonide inhalation suspension) is a maintenance medicine used to control and prevent asthma symptoms in children ages 12 months to 8 years.

Please click here for full Prescribing Information for PULMICORT RESPULES.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.

Visit or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

This product information is intended for US consumers only.

PULMICORT RESPULES is a registered trademark of the AstraZeneca group of companies.

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