What is included in long-term monitoring of pediatric asthma?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Girish D Sharma, MD, FCCP, FAAP; Chief Editor: Kenan Haver, MD  more...
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Regular follow-up visits are essential to ensure control and appropriate therapeutic adjustments. In general, patients should be assessed every 1-6 months. At every visit, adherence, environmental control, and comorbid conditions should be checked.

If patients have good control of their asthma for at least 3 months, treatment can be stepped down. However, the patient should be reassessed in 2-4 weeks to make sure that control is maintained with the new regimen. If patients require step 2 asthma medications or higher, consultation with an asthma specialist should be considered.


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