Highly Specialized & Personalized Care for Children with Asthma
At UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s, our pediatric asthma specialists include leaders in pediatric asthma treatment and in research to continue to improve the way we treat asthma in babies, children and teens. We take a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to pediatric asthma care. Our team’s mission is to work with you to improve your child’s and your family’s quality of life.
What Is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic condition that makes it difficult for children to breathe. Tubes called airways carry air in and out of our lungs. In children with asthma, these airways react to certain triggers and restrict a child's ability to breathe normally.
Asthma affects more than 7 million children in the U.S. and is one of the leading causes of hospitalization for children. Asthma symptoms in kids can be controlled with treatment, but it can cause scary and life-threatening experiences if not treated.
There are many types of asthma, and our team of specialists have the expertise to make accurate diagnoses and determine treatment plans for any type of pediatric asthma.
Why Choose UH Rainbow for Pediatric Asthma Care?
Ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the country for pulmonology by U.S. News & World Report, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospitals offers leading-edge asthma diagnosis and treatment and a team of nationally recognized asthma experts.
- A Partner in Your Child’s Asthma Care
At UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s, we work hard to form a partnership with the families we meet so we can learn what’s most important for each patient and family. We learn about your child’s environment, what activities they enjoy and what asthma triggers they may encounter. Just as no case of asthma is the same, we understand that no child is the same. Our goal is to help every child control their condition and manage their asthma symptoms so they can lead a full, happy and active life.
- A Dedicated Asthma Team
Our team of pediatric asthma specialists is spearheaded by internationally recognized physicians and researchers who are dedicated to improving outcomes for children with asthma. Our team also includes physicians from other specialties, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, dietitians and certified asthma educators - several of whom have more than a decade of experience on our asthma team. Other specialists on our asthma care include:
- Asthma Education and Resources for Families
Providing tools and resources for families is a key component of our asthma care plan. Educating our patients and families includes teaching safe and proper ways to administer asthma medications, learning to recognize potential asthma triggers and ways to avoid or combat them, and teaching children healthy habits that can help them improve their overall health while managing their asthma symptoms.
- Multidisciplinary Clinics
Children with asthma often experience other health complications, and may need to see multiple specialists. That’s why the pediatric asthma team at UH Rainbow works in collaboration with other pediatric specialty teams to establish multidisciplinary clinics, allowing patients and their families to get the care they need from multiple experts in one place.
Specialty clinics include:
- Zagara Specialty Clinic
Our pediatric asthma team is proud to be a part of the Zagara Specialty Clinic, located on the 1st floor of Horvitz Tower and expected to open in late 2019. The specialty care suite is 17,769 square feet and features 29 exam rooms, two procedure rooms, and centralized reception and waiting areas. Many of our pediatric specialists will share this space in order to better serve patients and their families. This suite was specifically designed for the convenience of families to see multidisciplinary specialists in one visit – including pediatric allergists and immunologists, pediatric nutritionists, pediatric behavioral specialists, pediatric gastroenterologists, and others.
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State-of-the-Art Asthma Diagnosis and Treatment
We’ve invested in leading-edge diagnostic testing and asthma treatment technologies to accurately determine the best treatment plan for your child. Testing may include lung function tests, an exercise challenge test, a bronchoscopy to examine the airways, and allergy testing. We also provide individualized pediatric asthma care plans for each child. This may include both long-term medications to control asthma and short-term medications for asthma attacks, as well as regular ongoing evaluations.
Leaders in Asthma Diagnosis, Treatment and Research
Severe Asthma Program
UH Rainbow has extensive experience in treating children with chronic asthma through the Severe Asthma Program. Our team of specialists provides leading-edge treatments as well as education and counseling support to help patients keep their asthma symptoms under control and enjoy active lives without limitations.
Asthma Research and Clinical Trials
UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital is part of an asthma research network called the Precision Interventions for Severe and/or Exacerbation Prone Asthma or PrecISE Network. It's an innovative network funded by the National Institutes of Health. As a member of this research group, our pediatric asthma specialists study innovative therapies to help patients who are unable to control the disease with standard therapies. This includes novel treatments like biological medications or biologics – which are new medications given by injection with promising results for severe asthma.
Our physicians also conduct other research studies to study novel treatments and devices for children and adults with asthma. We believe providing our patients with opportunities to participate in asthma clinical trials is a very important part of our program, giving our patients access to exciting new therapies. Please ask your child's doctor or health care provider what studies might be right for you.