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Child with severe cough. Prescribed with bricanyl syrup, omnacortil. Concerned about the steroid intake son,4.5yrs had severe cough in past few weeks which i subsided with medicines like-bricanyl syrup,levolin nebulization-1.25ml and montair 4mg daily.but, though his cough has lessened but it s still not clear and cough still persists though less than before.i met the doc. again and he has prescribed him omnacortil forte 2-3ml twice a day for 3 very worried of giving my son steroids,plz guide me.thanks
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013
Thank you for your query,
Steroid is given if the child not responding to a bronchodilator in cases of wheezing associated lung problems.
Steroid will decrease the inflammatory process and increase the responsiveness of the airways to the bronchodilator effect.
Usually steroid is given for short periods like 3 to 5 days and in a therapeutic low dose only and there will be no side effects in comparision to its benefits.
Hope I have answered your query.
Answered: Thu, 14 Feb 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Rajiv K Khandelwal's  Response

Thank you for your query.

The doctor must have prescribed steroids because your son must have been wheezing. Steroids reduce the bronchial inflammation and reduce the wheeze. It is best to discuss with your doctor and request him to switch over to steroid inhalers which deliver very small doses and are equally effective.

I hope I have answered your query to your satisfaction.

Wishing your son an early recovery.


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