Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that affects the bronchial airways. The Children's Asthma Wellness Program at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital is designed to assist primary care providers with difficult cases of pediatric asthma in children three years and older, who have had at least two emergency department visits for asthma and/or one hospitalization. We provide intensive education and case management as part of a year-long program to decrease these emergency room visits and hospitalizations.
- Chest tightness
In some cases, airway obstruction is so severe that patients can stop breathing. One in 7 children have asthma, and more kids miss school because of asthma than any other chronic disease.
Our Children's Asthma Wellness Program is the only such program in the state to have received the Disease Management Certification from the Joint Commission. It is one of only 11 programs in the nation to receive certification in asthma, and is one of only four programs in the nation that have received certification in Asthma-Pediatrics.
Testing for asthma is trickier the younger a child is. Spirometry testing, which measures lungs for conditions that affect breathing, can be difficult for a child under five to perform. To help with younger patients, we offer alternative tests, including infant pulmonary function testing, which measures breathing while the child is sedated. Our Pulmonary Function Laboratory offers a range of tests from a staff of experienced respiratory therapists who put both children and parents quickly at ease with their commitment to patient care.
Asthma is treated with medication, and a variety of medications are available. Our team will choose medications(s) for your child based on age, severity of asthma, and how previous medications (if any) have worked. Medication can be giving through an inhaler, as a pill or both. Young children unable to use an inhaler may be given a nebulizer, which uses a facemask to breath in the medication.
Our doctors are not only studying what triggers asthma, they are also finding ways to have an immediate impact on patients living with the disease. Research is of key importance at Mott Children's Hospital, with all the pulmonologists having special areas of interest. With funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the American Lung Association and other sources, the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology is moving forward with both basic and clinical research related to a variety of lung diseases.