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Child with recurring cough, congestion, diagnosed with asthma. Symptoms reappear after stopping Montair LC kid. Is it safe for long term?

My son is 2.6 years old. Since from his born he is having Cough /heavy muscus in his chest , cold .Continuously u can say in year 12 months he is having same problem.just now we came to know that he is having asthama. Till this time, we used to give him strong antibiotic , steriods for removing his cough. Before 3 months i have atrted Montair LC kid on anothe Doctor s suggestion.But if i stop that tablet again he is facing same problem.I vey afraid is he addicted for the medicine in future. for long term is it good to give that it affecting on his Immunity system ?Plz tell me
Asked On : Fri, 13 Jul 2012
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Hi madam,
I am really concerned that your child is suffering from asthma.
For addiction to oocur, drugs should reach brain, it should give a pleasurable sensation and a craving for the drug. Asthma medications like montair donot cause addiction. So don't be afraid that your child will be addicted. It doesn't have any long term side effects and they don't affect immunity.
If you are so much worried about taking oral medications and their side effects you can consult your physician about taking inhaler medications which reach only lungs without much side effetcs.
Good news is a good number of children by age of 6 years may outgrow asthma. So don't worry he will be alright. Just give him preventor medications, preferably inhalers as they are with minimal side effects.
Take care.
Dr C Balaji

Answered: Fri, 13 Jul 2012
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General & Family Physician Dr. Veera Raghava Rao Buddha.'s  Response
Hi welcome to HCMForum. The condition is called tracheo bronchitis. The disease will be there upto 6years of age. After that usually there wont be
any symptoms. very rarely may prolong to adult hood. Montelecast can be used and should be used for prolonged time. In the mean while some diet
restrictions should be observed as avoid giving sweets icewater cooldrinks ice cream fruits and juices. as all these cause allergy. Upto 6years when
baby gets cough should be treated accordingly. thank you.
Answered: Fri, 13 Jul 2012
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