Children should be focused on playing, learning and having fun- not worrying about breathing.
In 2008, asthma accounted for an estimated 14.4 million lost school days in children. It is the leading cause of school absenteeism attributed to chronic conditions.
About our Pediatric Asthma Program
Let’s face it, asthma can be scary for parents and kids. Luckily it doesn’t have to be. We have developed an Pediatric Asthma Program that is easy to understand and teaches you the tools to help you control your child’s asthma.
More than 6 million children in the United States suffer from asthma, which remains the third leading cause of hospitalizations among children under the age of 15. In addition, children living in poverty, especially in inner cities, continue to suffer disproportionately from asthma. As of 2003, asthma cost the United States more than $14 billion annually in direct medical and indirect costs.
While asthma is the most common chronic childhood disease, it is also one of the most manageable. Intervention programs have proven effective at reducing mortality, morbidity, and costs associated with asthma and improving quality of life.
Pulmonary Rehabilitation Associates, LLC has established a Pediatric Asthma Program, which concentrates on asthma prevention and education.
The primary goal of this program will be to reduce the number of episodes of acute exacerbation of asthma among this pediatric population. We also hope to increase the number of symptom-free days, support these patients and their families with education to manage asthma episodes better and improve patients’ sense of well being.
By working with the parents, the pediatricians, pediatric pulmonologists, and pediatric allergists we create an effective plan to manage the condition. As with adults who have asthma, children must learn to avoid environmental triggers. Your child’s physician may prescribe certain medications and devices which can include a peak flow meter to measure breathing, metered dose inhalers, spacers that attach to inhalers, nebulizers that deliver medication in a mist, and medication in tablet form.
We provide families with the education and tools necessary to feel empowered to understand, prevent, manage and cope with their child’s asthma.