Study shows that oral steroids are no more effective than placebo for viral wheeze in childrenBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7423.1066-a (Published 06 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1066
- Susan Mayor
A short course of oral steroids is no more effective than placebo in reducing respiratory symptoms in children with viral wheeze and in reducing hospital admissions, a randomised trial has shown (Lancet 2003 ;362: 1433-8).
The study involved more than 200 children aged between one and five years who had been admitted to hospital with severe viral wheezing. They were randomised to a five day course of the oral steroid prednisolone (20 mg once daily …