Conditions + Treatments

Treatments for Asthma in Children

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The asthma programs at Boston Children’s follow the latest guidelines from the National Institutes of Health for the diagnosis and treatment of asthma, and develop an individualized program for each child that minimizes both asthma symptoms and side effects from medications. The goals of the treatment program for each child are to prevent asthma attacks, prevent emergency room visits and to maximize peace of mind.

Asthma and allergies are separate but related conditions. About 80 percent of children with asthma also have allergies, so it makes sense to be cared for in a place that treats both allergies and asthma, and whose specialists understand how they are related to each other. Other conditions, such as gastroesophageal reflux, aspiration, or vocal cord dysfunction, can also contribute to asthma symptoms. Our Pulmonary and Allergy clinics both work together with other specialists from gastroenterology, otolaryngology, dermatology, radiology, pulmonary function testing, and social services to carry out a comprehensive diagnostic and treatment plan. We team up with Boston Children’s researchers conducting clinical trials to evaluate new approaches to treating asthma. For severe asthmatics whose symptoms are particularly challenging to control, we have a Severe Asthma Clinic run by a Pulmonologist and Allergist together in the same location. 

To treat hospitalized children with asthma, our physicians and nurses in the Emergency Department, medical floors, and intensive care units provide around the clock treatments for asthma, to ensure the most rapid resolution of symptoms. We work closely with your children’s primary care provider to provide seamless care for your child.

Community asthma management solutions

Boston Children’s Hospital reaches out to families in communities that lack sufficient asthma management resources, and offers various solutions that help patients and families manage asthma.

  • Community Asthma Initiative (CAI) offers a comprehensive care package of care plans, case managers, home visits and environmental remediation.
  • Asthma nurses in all our programs are specially trained to educate patients and families, coordinate care and follow up on other outpatient services.
  • An electronic registry keeps hospital care providers informed on the details of each child’s case history and asthma management plan. 

Asthma Instructional Videos

Click below to open 9 videos of the "How To's of Asthma Devices" video series.

Think your child is alone? Hear from other children with asthma. 

Have you ever heard your child say, “Asthma is very stressful,” “It feels as though somebody is choking me” or “I don’t talk with my friends about asthma because I want to feel normal like they do”? This is how other children have expressed their feelings about asthma.

Watch this video to listen to children with asthma explain how it affects them physically at school, playing sports and with their friends.

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO

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