December 4th, 2014 | A food allergy is an abnormal reaction of the immune system to specific foods. Food intolerance is similar to a food allergy, and can share some of the same symptoms. Food allergy symptoms can range from mild to life-threatening, but it can be difficult for a bystander or parent to know whether emergency medical attention is necessary. A severe… Continue Reading
At the Riley Hospital for Children Asthma Care Center at Indiana University Health, we understand that asthma in children can be a difficult problem to manage. We know that poorly controlled asthma can interfere with children's school and family life, and prevent them from joining sports and other activities. We have seen how the fear of an asthma attack itself can cause children and their families to limit activities.
That is why for decades, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health physicians and pulmonary team members have worked to improve the quality of asthma care by participating in asthma medication studies, providing state-of-the-art care, and continually striving to gain a better understanding of the impact of childhood asthma on school, sports, and family life.
Based on our broad experience treating childhood asthma, we have developed a comprehensive educational approach to asthma management that can help patients and their families take control over their asthma.
Our program, the ABCs of Asthma Management, consists of complete physical exams, lung function testing, asthma medications, and most importantly, education for patients and their families.
With the help of our experienced team of pediatric pulmonologists and allergy specialists, asthma clinical nurse specialists, pharmacologists, and respiratory therapists, an asthma management plan will be created to fit each individual child and family. The plan will meet all of the following goals:
- Preventing daily symptoms of cough and wheeze.
- Reducing exercise limitation.
- Maintaining normal daily activity levels including participation in sports and extracurricular activities.
- Preventing worsening of asthma symptoms and reducing the need for urgent office visits, emergency room visits, or hospitalizations.
- Providing optimal medications with minimal to no side effects.
- Meeting the families' and patients' expectations of complete asthma care.