Table 1—

Description of the children studied

Subjects n82
Age yrs (SD)10.9 (2.45)
Males %65.9
Atopy %90.2
Asthma attacks in the last 12 months %79.3
Emergency care %61.0
Hospitalisation %28.4
Intensive care %3.7
Medication %
 Inhaled β2-agonists
  Regularly scheduled48
  Supplementary (as needed)39
 Inhaled cromones6.1
 Inhaled corticosteroids
  Regularly74
  Occasionally17
 Antihistamines74.4
 Methylxanthines18.5