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Asthma care

Pediatric specialists at Dell Children's in Central Texas deliver comprehensive asthma care for children, teens and young adults.

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Multidisciplinary asthma care at Dell Children’s

Dual board-certified pediatric allergists and immunologists work with experienced pulmonologists at Dell Children's Medical Center to diagnose, treat and manage asthma. We take a multidisciplinary approach to asthma care. At each visit, you meet with your child’s doctor. Whether your child has mild, moderate or severe asthma, we start by listening to understand your concerns and your child’s symptoms. Then, we create a care plan that’s right for your child.

Testing and treatment for all types of asthma

Your child’s doctors and care team at Dell Children’s evaluate all types of asthma. We provide pulmonary function testing, cardiopulmonary exercise testing and allergy testing, and deliver the latest treatments, including biologic therapies and allergen immunotherapy (allergy shots). We evaluate and manage:

  • Allergic asthma* triggered by allergens, such as dust mites, pollens, molds, and pet dander.
  • Non-allergic asthma triggered by viral infections and airway irritants, such as smoke and pollution, or reactions to certain medications.
  • Exercise-induced asthma during physical activities.
  • Associated conditions that often affect children with asthma, such as allergic rhinitis, eczema/skin allergy, and food allergy**

*Substances that trigger hay fever (allergic rhinitis) symptoms can also cause asthma symptoms.
** Dell Children’s is nationally recognized within the Food Allergy Research and Education Clinical Network as a Clinical Research  Center of Distinction, providing the most advanced food allergy care.

Multidisciplinary team approach to asthma care

Our comprehensive pediatric asthma program provides evaluation and management of asthma in children of all ages. Our multidisciplinary approach to care means your child’s care team includes pediatric pulmonologists, allergists. immunologists and respiratory therapists. During your child’s appointment, you will meet with a doctor who specializes in asthma care. We take the time to explain your child’s lung function and identify triggers. An asthma management care plan may include quick-relief medications, preventive medications for long-term control, and management of coexisting conditions.

Your care team provides information and support your family needs to help manage your child’s day-to-day care. And your child’s care plan also helps their caregivers, teachers, and coaches know what to do in a medical emergency.

Asthma is a chronic illness in children and teens, and is a leading reason for children missing school. We’ll work with your family to help identify possible asthma triggers – viral infections/colds, indoor and outdoor allergens, exercise, cold air, smoke, and others. And your doctor and care team are here to help your teen manage their asthma care into adulthood.

Care for the whole child

Having an asthma attack that causes difficulty breathing can also affect your child’s emotional health. Our certified child life specialists are here to help support your child’s emotional health and well-being. Working together, we focus on helping your child learn how to self-manage their asthma care routine and become more aware of asthma triggers.

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Asthma care