Conditions + Treatments

Asthma in Children

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What is asthma?

Asthma is a chronic condition that causes the airways in the lungs to narrow and swell, making it difficult to breath. Every-day triggers in the environment, such as weather, dust, chemicals, smoke and pet dander, create an even greater sensitivity for asthma sufferers. 

As the most common chronic medical condition among children in the U.S., asthma often is the reason why children are seen in the emergency department or admitted to the hospital. It's also the most common reason why children are absent from school.

Care for asthma

For the outpatient diagnosis and treatment of asthma, in addition to your primary care provider, Boston Children’s Hospital has two specialty departments that can help — the Division of Allergy and Immunology and the Division of Pulmonary and Respiratory Division. We often work together to treat your child.

The Division of Allergy and Immunology evaluates and treats children with various allergic disorders to inhaled particles, food, insect stings and drugs, with approaches ranging from oral and inhaled medications to immunotherapy (also known as allergy shots, or allergen desensitization). We also do skin testing to determine what your child is allergic to.

In the Pulmonary and Respiratory Diseases Division, we can help make or confirm the diagnosis of asthma, provide recommendations for therapy, instruct children and families in the proper way to administer medications and provide long-term follow-up when needed. 

We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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