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Pediatric Asthma

What You Need to Know

Asthma is a chronic, inflammatory disease in which the airways become sensitive to allergens.

Key Symptoms

 Symptoms of asthma in children may include coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or other symptoms.


You child's doctor may diagnosis your child with tests including spirometry, peak flow monitoring and other diagnostic tests.


There is no cure for asthma. However, asthma can be controlled with prescription medications that may help to prevent or relieve symptoms, and by learning ways to manage episodes.


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Pediatric Asthma Care at Children’s National Hospital

Children’s National is a focal point of acute asthma care in the Washington, D.C., area. In fact, Children’s National 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 National has an array of services available for patients with acute asthma, ranging from short stay units to intensive care. 

Learn more about asthma in children:

Frequently Asked Questions

Facts About Asthma

What is asthma?

What are some facts I should know about asthma in children?

What causes asthma in children?

What are the symptoms of asthma in a child?

Who is at risk for developing asthma?

What happens during an asthma attack or asthma exacerbation in a child?

How do you assess a child for asthma?

What causes childhood asthma?

Do children outgrow childhood asthma?

What are the triggers that can cause an asthma attack?

How can my child avoid asthma triggers?


How is asthma treated in children?

How can my child manage asthma?

What are the four components of asthma treatment in children?

What is a peak flow meter?

Why should a peak flow meter be used for asthma in children?

How can I use a peak flow meter (PFM) for managing my child's asthma?

What are peak flow zones?

How is your child's personal best peak flow measured?

When should a peak flow meter be used to manage my child's asthma?

How can I obtain a peak flow meter to manage my child's asthma?

What are oximeters?

What is a spirometer?

Providers Who Treat Asthma

Departments that Treat Asthma

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Pediatric Aerodigestive Clinic

Our Aerodigestive Clinic provide specialized care for children with airway problems and feeding disorders.

Respiratory Care Services

A dedicated team of nearly 100 professionals provides respiratory care services around the clock for outpatients and inpatients at Children's National Hospital. Our therapists excel in the field for their technical knowledge as well as their expertise in working with kids.

Sickle Cell Pulmonary Clinic

Children's National has one the largest and most active pediatric sickle cell programs in the country.

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