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New pediatric asthma yardstick has treatment guidance for children of every age


New pediatric asthma yardstick has treatment guidance for children of every age

The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) issued a new guideline called The Pediatric Asthma Yardstick, which offers a user-friendly “operational document”. The guidelines which appear in the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology will help the healthcare professionals understand which controller treatments are right for which age groups and make them identify when a step up is needed.

Bradley Chipps and his associates created the yardstick because there are many options for treating pediatric asthma(PA) and the yardstick provides a roadmap to move forward especially in kids whose disease is not under control. The yardstick describes controller treatments at different levels of severity for all ages.

The diagnosis and management of PA in children differ from that in adults. Differences also exist between the three age groups addressed in the yardstick – adolescents, 12-18 years old; school-age children, 6-11 years old; infants and young children, 5 years old and under.

The recommendations are presented around patient profiles, by severity and age, and are based on current best practice strategies according to the most recent data and the authors’ clinical experience.

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For reference log on to https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anai.2018.04.002

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Vinay Singh

Vinay Singh

Vinay Singh joined Medical Dialogue as Desk Editor in 2018. He covers the medical speciality news in different medical categories including Medical guidelines, updates from Medical Journals and Case Reports. He completed his graduation in Biotechnology from AAIDU and did his MBA from IILM Gurgaon. He can be contacted at editorial@medicaldialogues.in . Contact no. 011-43720751
Source: With inputs from the journal Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

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