This two-part article will assist GPs in their role of managing most children with asthma: here, Part 1 outlines current concepts. Next month, Part 2 will present common questions and answers about asthma management in childhood.
- Most children with asthma can be managed by their GP.
- Accurate diagnosis is essential – persistent wheezing or coughing in childhood are not always due to asthma.
- An agreed management plan for both prevention and acute attacks is essential – including an age appropriate delivery device.
- Specialist referral is indicated when the diagnosis is in doubt or reasonable treatment is ineffective.