Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disease in which the airways become sensitive to allergens (any substance that triggers an allergic reaction). When a child is exposed to certain triggers:
- The lining of the airways become swollen and inflamed
- Muscles that surround the airways tighten
- Production of mucus is increased, leading to mucus plugs
All of these factors will cause the airways to narrow, thus making it difficult for air to go in and out of your child’s lungs, causing the symptoms of asthma.
Pediatric Asthma Care at Children’s National
Children’s National is a focal point of acute asthma care in the Washington, D.C., area. In fact, Children’s takes care of 1 percent of all the pediatric patients seen in emergency departments for acute asthma care every year in the entire nation. We use a patient- and family-focused clinical care pathway for acute care that uses the latest advances in breathing treatments, all delivered by a dedicated team of pediatric nurses, respiratory therapists and emergency medicine physicians. Children’s has an array of services available for patients with acute asthma, ranging from short stay units to intensive care.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Facts about Asthma
Facts about asthma in children
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Treatment for asthma in children
Managing asthma in children
Four components of asthma treatment in children
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How to use a peak flow meter for managing asthma for your child
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Asthma Treatment at Children's National Hospital
The award-winning IMPACT DC Asthma Clinic is dedicated to improving asthma care through coordination with your child's primary care provider, school nurse and others involved your child's asthma care. Discover more about the treatment we offer.
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Providers Who Treat Asthma
Departments that Treat Asthma
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Pediatric Aerodigestive Clinic
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