Jena said that parents may have been more likely to get medications for the youngest children because their asthma symptoms tend to be more severe. He also said that parents often worry a little bit more about younger children.
And, Jena noted, families without health insurance are likely even more price-sensitive than the insured families in this study, and the uninsured probably have even less access to these important medications.
"The most important thing for parents to recognize is that adherence to these medications is not high, but they're important for good health. They have to be taken on a regular basis, even though a child may not have obvious symptoms. When symptoms are not controlled, asthma can lead to hospitalizations," said Jena.
Learn more about asthma treatment from the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.
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