Suggesting That GPs Don't Take the Diagnosis of Asthma Seriously Is Insulting

The health of our children should not be trivialised, and neither should serious conditions like asthma, so I was deeply disappointed to read in the news that doctors are giving out inhalers ‘like fashion accessories’.

The claim, off the back of an editorial published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, is based on an Australian study that looks at one sub-group of children presenting with cough alone. But whilst this study is useful in the grand scheme of understanding asthma and informing clinical guidelines, it is just one study and its findings should not be taken as gospel.

Asthma affects as many as one in 11 children, and when not controlled, symptoms do include a cough, but also wheeze, breathlessness and disturbed sleep.


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