We describe 6 (4F, 2M) prepubertal children with moderate asthma diagnosed at a mean age of 2.8 years. All patients were treated with inhaled corticosteroids in a dose of between 300 and 800 mcg of beclomethasone dipropionate (becotide) daily, given either as an aerosol or rotahaler. Mean height velocity SDS decreased from -0.8 (range +0.5 to -2.0) to -3.2 (range -1.3 to -4.8) when the dose was increased. Alternatively, when the dose was reduced or stopped, mean height velocity SDS increased from -3.2 (range -2.0 to -4.8) to +0.8 (range -1.2 to +2.7). Careful assessment of height velocity is indicated in all children receiving treatment with inhaled corticosteroids.