We have to be really careful with the medications that we give to our children, reason being that some of them have the potential of causing serious side effects.
All prescription medications given to children have to be under medical supervision.
Systemic steroids have potential severe side effects both in children and adults.
Inhaled steroids on the other hand were thought not to have minimal systemic effects.
In children several studies were conducted on the effect of one of the inhaled steroids on growth in asthmatic children. These children were maintained on steroids for prolonged periods of time, so we are talking about long term use not every now and then, and the results were that inhaled steroids were found to cause growth delay. i think the thought that children pick up if the steroids are stopped, but i am not aware of any studies that confirm this putting in mind that i am not a pediatrician.
i don't think that there is anything to worry about for the time being.
Please, consult with your son's pediatrician before giving him any medications.
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