Severity of asthma attacks minimized by inhaled corticosteroidsIn the largest study of its kind on preschoolers, it was noted that high doses of inhaled corticosteroids are effective for minimizing the severity and duration of asthma attacks triggered by colds

The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine and led by Dr. Francine Ducharme, assistant director of clinical research at the Sainte-Justine Hospital Research Center and a pediatrics professor at the Université de Montréal.

The involved researchers still need to confirm if children can make up for slight growth retardation as the average growth rate of the untreated children was about 6.5 cm as opposed to 6.0 cm in the children treated with fluticasone, the corticosteroid.