Leading the Way in Pediatric and Children's Asthma Care
The Pediatric and Children’s Asthma specialists with The Center for Childhood Asthma at Cohen Children’s Medical Center want to help give your child a normal, active life. We will evaluate your child and create a plan aimed at achieving maximum control of your child's asthma. Our team also includes pediatric nurse specialists, social workers, nutritionists, pharmacists and respiratory therapists. These pediatric and children’s asthma specialists will help you and your child achieve--and maintain--a successful asthma management plan.
Children’s Asthma (pediatric asthma) is the most common chronic childhood ailment, with over 7.7 million children suffering from this condition in the United States. Pediatric Asthma is the tightening of the airways in the chest; it can be mild and only cause a cough and some wheezing... or it can be severe, greatly reducing and impairing breathing function. Currently there is no cure for asthma, but fortunately it can be controlled through proper diagnosis and treatment.
Pediatric Asthma is easiest to control when it has been diagnosed and treated early. Seek out treatment if your child complains of, or if you observe, the following symptoms:
- Wheezing or whistling when exhaling
- Shortness of breath
- Chest congestion or tightness
- Trouble sleeping caused by coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or chest congestion or tightness
- Bouts of coughing or wheezing that get worse with a respiratory infection, cold or flu
- Delayed recover or bronchitis after respiratory infection
- Fatigue or trouble breathing during active play or exercise
An asthma attack is usually triggered by an event or substance. These triggers can include food and pollen allergies, environmental pollutants, viral and respiratory infections, tobacco smoke, exercise and even changes in weather conditions. Extreme stress and emotional reactions can also trigger pediatric asthma symptoms.
The goal of treating pediatric asthma treatment is for your child to experience as few attacks and symptoms as possible, so your child’s doctor will probably prescribe a combination of daily asthma control medications that help keep airways open and short acting emergency relief medications for the times when an attack happens. When the medications are prescribed the doctor will take the time to explain to you what the medication does, how it is administered, and what the side effects can be. We encourage you to ask as many questions as you may have. We have a 24 hour hot line for you to use to clarify any questions or concerns that you may have once you and your child get home.
Make an Appointment with our Children’s Asthma Center:
Cohen Children’s Medical Center makes it easy for you to take the first steps in ensuring your child receives world-class pediatric asthma care. Simply click the request an appointment button and set up an appointment with our caring and dedicated health professionals, or call 516-622-5070.