How do I know if my child’s asthma symptoms are uncontrolled?
The Childhood Asthma Control Test is a way to help your child’s healthcare provider determine if your child’s asthma symptoms are well controlled. You can share the results with your child’s healthcare provider.Take Asthma Quiz
Reasons to see a specialist
- Recent severe asthma episode or allergic reaction
- Any visits to the hospital or emergency room for breathing or allergy-related issues
- Frequent need for oral steroid tablets or syrup
- Sleep disturbances, not able to exercise, or missing school often
- Complicating conditions (i.e. sinusitis, acid reflux, eczema, obesity or frequent infections)
- Medication side effects
- Seasonal symptoms getting worse
What can I expect?
- To be seen by a specialist right away
- To be fully taken care of
- The issue to be managed in its entirety
- Intentional time with our specialist (similar to a family doctor)
What do specialists provide?
- Help to identify the child’s allergy and asthma triggers.
- State of the art diagnostic testing and evaluation of lung function.
- Diagnosis of underlying lung disease or other respiratory conditions.
- Treadmill exercise testing when appropriate.
- Examination of the airways (flexible bronchoscopy) under anesthesia in appropriate circumstances.
- Knowledge of treatment options. A written treatment program with an action plan to help parents and the primary care provider respond more effectively to worsening symptoms.
- Ongoing monitoring of treatment goals.
- Effective communication with the primary care physician or nurse practitioner regarding the child’s treatment and progress.
- A specialist available 24 hours a day.