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.

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