Albuterol is a medication that’s sold under the brand names Proventil, Ventolin, VoSpire, Volmax and other brands. Albuterol comes in the form of tablets and syrups, which your child might take to treat respiratory problems. Before giving your child albuterol syrup, talk with her doctor to discuss the proper dosage and potential health risks.
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Albuterol syrup is most commonly recommended for treating breathing problems due to lung diseases and exercise. In children, albuterol is typically used to treat respiratory conditions like asthma. You may also give your child albuterol syrup to help treat similar breathing conditions that involve bronchospasms and wheezing.
Albuterol syrup works to relax and open up the bronchial tubes that connect to the lungs. Albuterol is a type of medication that can help dilate your child’s air passages, increase air flow to the lungs, suppress coughing and wheezing and relieve breathing difficulty. Albuterol affects the air passages directly to relax the bronchial muscles.
You should administer albuterol syrup to your child as directed by his physician. Use the oral syringe or measuring device provided with the syrup to administer the proper dosage. Although the doctor will recommend a dosage based on your child’s age, weight and symptom severity, there are general dosage indications for albuterol syrup. For children aged 2 to 6 years old, the typical dosage is 0.1 milligram of albuterol syrup per 1 kilogram of body weight, taken three times daily. Children 6 to 12 years of age would take up to 24 mg in four separate doses each day, while children older than 12 years of age would take up to 32 mg daily in four divided doses. If your child is less than 2 years old, you must rely on the pediatrician’s dosage instructions.
Albuterol syrup may irritate your child’s stomach, so you might need to administer the medicine with food. Also, if your child has had allergic reactions to other medications or has food allergies, consult her physician before giving her albuterol. Albuterol syrup may be unsafe if your child has certain medical conditions like hyperthyroidism, diabetes, a seizure disorder like epilepsy or liver or kidney disease. Don’t give your child albuterol syrup before first talking with her doctor.
Albuterol syrup can cause side effects like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, difficulty sleeping, sweating, nervousness, dry mouth, chest pain and irregular heartbeat. Albuterol can also interact negatively with certain medications, such as other bronchodilators, tricyclic antidepressants, decongestants, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, or MAOIs, caffeine and beta-blockers. If your child develops a rapid heartbeat, worsening symptoms, a rash or signs of an allergic reaction like hives, difficulty breathing and swelling, seek emergency medical care right away.