Pediatric and Children's Asthma Treatment
To diagnose and provide the most effective treatment, Cohen Children’s Medical Center offers pulmonary function testing and complete allergy testing for pediatric and children's asthma. This can include tests that measure how much and how quickly your child exhales, skin and CAP RAST testing for allergies from food, drugs, hay fever, and other environmental factors.
Upon your child's diagnosis of pediatric or children’s asthma, a treatment plan is written up and put in place based upon symptoms and how often they occur, triggers like allergies, and the age of the child.
The goal of treatment is to get your child’s asthma symptoms under control so that they are not disruptive to the daily life of the child. This includes allowing the child the freedom to run, jump, and play as he or she pleases!
There are two ways to treat pediatric asthma, and in most cases you can take a combined approach to controlling flare ups. The first line of defense is a daily preventative medication. These can be inhaled corticosteroids, leukotriene modifiers, theophylline, and combination inhalers. The second line of defense is the rescue or fast acting inhalers. These include medications such as short-acting beta antagonists, ipratropium, and oral and intravenous corticosteroids.
In addition to medication, there are things that you can do at home to help keep your child’s asthma in check. Be sure to use your air conditioner. Air conditioners have built in filters that help keep environmental pollutants to a minimum in your home. Wash blankets and linens regularly to keep dust down to a minimum, replace carpets with hardwood floors and curtains with blinds to reduce items that collect dust and mold. Encase pillows and mattresses in plastic made for allergens and be sure to wipe them down when linens and blankets are cleaned.
Once your child is diagnosed with asthma, treatment and control of asthma symptoms is going to be a regular part your daily life. At first it can seem overwhelming and questions and concerns may arise. To help you cope and to support your efforts to help your child, we have a 24 hour hotline (516-622-5070) that will help answer your questions and address your concerns. Your child’s treatment does not end when your appointment does.