The 2019 and 2020 updates to the Australian Asthma Handbook (versions 2.0 and 2.1) include a major update to evidence and advice on managing asthma in infants and children. The stepwise approach to management of childhood asthma differs by age group. Before any stepwise increase in asthma preventer treatment, clinicians should reconsider the diagnosis of asthma, check the parents’ and child’s understanding of asthma management and treatment adherence, and minimise exposure to triggers and environmental tobacco smoke. Asthma should be considered as a chronic remitting and relapsing condition, with any hospital presentation representing evidence of inadequate disease control.
Modern Medicine – Issue 2 2021