Warning signs of an asthma attack

12) How to give oral steroids to a child

  • If your child is co-operative and they can swallow tablets, give the daily dose as soon as they wake up in the morning.
  • If they can’t swallow tablets, doctors usually prescribe pink dissolving tablets. Try to dissolve all the tablets in a small amount of lukewarm water as that helps them to dissolve completely. No more than 1 teaspoonful. This is because the oral steroids taste horrible and children don’t usually like taking them, so you have to give a very small amount or they won’t finish the dose.
  • Don’t mask the taste by putting them in their drink or bottle as you can put them off their favourite drink and fail to get the dose of steroid into their system.
  • You can give a drink after they have taken the steroids.

For advice on how to give your child tablets see the video below:

Video from Medicines for children.

Self management

Remember during this time you need to continue to give the blue reliever inhaler every 4 hours.Don’t stop or cut down the puffs too soon.They may still have a trigger hanging around and still have tight muscles around their airways.