Quick-Relief vs. Long-Term Controller Asthma Medications
What Parents Need to Know
As the parent of a child with asthma, it’s important to know the difference between the two types of inhaled asthma medications:
- Quick-relief medication helps your child when he or she is having trouble breathing. These medicines work fast
to make breathing easier. This type of medicine is also sometimes used by children before gym class or before doing any type of increased activity, depending on your doctor’s recommendation.
- A second type of medicine is one your child takes every day to control asthma.This is called a long-term controller medication. These medicines decrease the swelling in the lungs. It is important to take these medications daily, even if your child is feeling good.
It is important for your child to have his quick-relief medicine with him at all times.Talk with your child’s teacher or school nurse about him being able to carry the medicine with him and self-administer as instructed.