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The growth of 50 children receiving regular inhaled
corticosteroids was segregated into divisions of six weeks from the
start of treatment and compared with their growth when not receiving regular corticosteroids using a random effects regression model. Growth
suppression was most marked during the initial six weeks after starting
treatment, with most suppression occurring during the initial 18 weeks.
Thereafter the children's growth was similar to their growth when not
receiving treatment. These findings have important consequences for
patterns of treatment of asthma in children.