What is the preferred treatment for a child with mild persistent asthma?
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Low-dose inhaled corticosteroids are the preferred treatment for children with mild persistent asthma because they demonstrate superior reduction in severity and frequency of asthma exacerbations compared with alternatives (strength of recommendation [SOR]: A, based on multiple randomized controlled trials). As add-on therapy, nedocromil, theophylline, and cromolyn have all demonstrated a modest benefit in symptom control; leukotriene receptor antagonists are also recommended based on data from older children (SOR: B, cohort study). Unlike treatment of moderate or severe asthma, long-acting beta-agonists are not recommended (SOR: A, randomized trials).
Journal of Family Practice, 56(2) 2007: 137-139.