Asthma Program

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In an effort to better serve our pediatric asthma patients, North Raleigh Pedatric Group has recently developed an Asthma Education Program. The goal of this program is to help parents and patients understand pediatric asthma and feel confident in managing their child's condition.

Asthma is the most common chronic illness of childhood. Unfortunately the prevalence of asthma is increasing. In 2009, ten percent of children in the United States had asthma (CDC-Vital Signs, May 2011). Asthma is the third leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15 years (American Lung Association - Asthma and Children Fact Sheet Feb 2010).

Even though asthma symptoms are intermittent, asthma is a life long disease. A person with asthma has persistent airway sensitivity - present all day, every day. Asthma can cause a frequent persistant cough, chest tightness, wheezing and/or breathlessness. When a child has an asthma attack it can be a frightening experience for both the child and the parent. Having a good understanding of what asthma is, the signs of an impending attack, when and how to administer asthma medications, and when to seek medical care can help parents better manage their child's asthma and minimize the impact of asthma on the patient and family.

An asthma education visit will focus on asthma education and will include a brief symptom survey using the Asthma Control Test (ACT). The visit may also include spirometry testing- a breathing test that measures lung function. Both of these tests can help the doctor determine your child's asthma severity and guide the treatment plan for your child. Your physician will see your child at the asthma education visit and will discuss the treatment plan with you. You will also receive an Asthma Action Plan for your child at the visit.  The Action Plan states clearly how to manage your child's asthma when all is going well, when an attack is beginning and what to do if your child has a severe asthma attack.

Asthma can't be cured but it can be controlled effectively. We want to give you the knowledge and resources needed to help you control your child's asthma. With asthma under control your child should be able to be physically active without asthma symptoms, should sleep through the night without waking with asthma symptoms, should not miss school because of asthma, and should not need to take his rescue medication more than twice a week. Please call our office to schedule an Asthma Education visit for your child. Help us to help you manage your child's asthma.

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