A common treatment for wheezing in young children may not work any better than a placebo, according to a new study from the UK.
Children often develop wheezing when they're suffering from a viral infection in their upper respiratory tract. Doctors generally prescribe prednisolone, a steroid used to reduce inflammation in the airway. Experts say it's effective in treating allergic asthma attacks. But when it comes to wheezing associated with viral infections, researchers say the steroid didn't help children get out of the hospital any faster than a placebo.
The study included 700 children between the ages of 10 months and 5 years old. All had been admitted to the hospital with wheezing and a viral infection.