The Early Head Start program serves lower socioeconomic inner-city children from birth to 3
years. This population has a higher incidence of asthma due to increased exposures. The
primary objective of this study is:
To evaluate the effect of early identification of these high risk, inner-city asthmatic
infants, age 1-3 years, and early treatment with pulmicort respules on asthma morbidity
(asthma symptoms and use of rescue medications), infant pulmonary functions, and use of
health care resources (unscheduled clinic visits, emergency room visits and
To obtain pilot behavior information using Carey Temperament Scale, Bitsea and expand to
Itsea if indicated.
- Children 12-36 months of age with a history of wheezing or airway reactivity
responding to bronchodilators, or diagnosed with asthma by a physician.
- Children less than 12 months or greater than 36 months of age.
- Children diagnosed with attention deficit disorder by a physician or psychologist.