The data, which was reportedly compiled from dozens of trials, involving nearly 9,000 youngsters, revealed that inhalers suppress normal growth rates by around 0.5cm in the first year that they are taken, before the impact tails off in subsequent years.

According to sources, the first systematic review focused on 25 trials involving 8,471 children up to 18 years old with mild to moderate persistent asthma. In the second review, authors reviewed data from 22 trials in which children were treated with low or medium doses of inhaled corticosteroids.

The experts have reportedly advised the doctors to prescribe the lowest dose possible of the inhalers. However, they still believe that the inhalers are beneficial because they prevent fatal asthma attacks.


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