Children are being wrongly diagnosed with asthma and inhalers are being given out “like fashion accessories”, medical experts have warned.
Professor Andrew Bush, a consultant paediatric chest physician at the Royal Brompton Hospital in London, and Dr Louise Fleming, a clinical senior lecturer in respiratory paediatrics at Imperial College London said asthma diagnosis has become “trivialised”.
“We certainly believe that asthma inhalers are being given out too readily,” Professor Bush told The Huffington Post UK.
“No lessons have been learnt over the last 15 years, and children still die because of failures in basic management,” the authors wrote in the medical journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.
“We propose that one contributing factor is that the diagnosis of asthma has been…