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Pediatric Lung & Breathing Care
Helping Your Child Breathe Easier

Manage Childhood Asthma

The pediatric pulmonologists at University Children’s Health can help manage your child’s asthma. Get testing, treatment and education to prevent serious breathing problems and keep asthma under control.

Diagnosing Asthma

To diagnose asthma or another lung condition, your pediatrician will:

  • Ask questions about your child’s symptoms
  • Perform a physical exam
  • Review your child’s health history
  • Order pulmonary tests

Lung Tests

Trust our compassionate team to help keep your child comfortable during any lung test, such as:

  • Bronchoscopy – Uses a thin tube with a light and camera to look at the inside of the airways
  • Exhaled nitric oxide test – Checks how much nitric oxide your child breathes out
  • Methacholine challenge test – Examines how the lungs respond when your child breathes in a tiny dose of a drug that can narrow the airways
  • Spirometry – Measures how much air your child can breathe out and how quickly

Customized Treatment Plan

Your pediatric pulmonologist will recommend a personalized treatment plan based on your child’s test results and overall health. Care may include medications, inhalers or and looking for other conditions that may make your child’s asthma worse.

If necessary, you’ll also receive a referral to a specialist in pediatric allergy care or ear, nose and throat care. These doctors can treat conditions related to asthma, so your child gets well-rounded support.

Take Control of Your Child’s Asthma

After you have an asthma treatment plan, ask your doctor for a referral to our asthma self-management classes for children and adults. Learn how to:

  • Identify childhood asthma symptoms
  • Monitor lung function
  • Recognize triggers
  • Respond to an asthma attack (coughing, wheezing and trouble breathing)

Classes take place every Tuesday through Friday and are available in English and Spanish.

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