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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Asthma Center

Asthma can affect so many aspects of a child's life -- playtime, schoolwork, even the ability to get a good night's sleep. So when your child has asthma, you want to do your best to keep it under control.

At the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital, we can help your family find real-life solutions to your child's problem. Our team will work with you to design an effective treatment plan that will help your child stay active -- and out of the emergency room.

A Multidisciplinary Approach

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Here, doctors specialize in the comprehensive care of babies, children, and teenagers with mild to severe forms of asthma. Nurses, respiratory therapists, case managers, and social workers are also part of the team. They all work together to ensure that your child's asthma plan is as effective as possible.

Outpatient asthma services are available in several locations, including:

  • Pediatric pulmonary outpatient offices
  • Pediatric allergy and clinical immunology offices
  • General pediatric outpatient offices

Wherever your child receives services, he or she benefits from the best team-based asthma care available, based on the latest national guidelines. For example, your child may receive asthma medicine and devices to help take this medicine. Our nurses and respiratory therapists will work with you and your child to ensure that you understand the care plan and that it will be easy for you to manage at home.

In addition to clinical care, the center's community of asthma experts works together on research and education to offer solutions to the growing problem of asthma, particularly among children in urban neighborhoods. Outreach efforts, including teacher and parent education, are also a top priority at the center.

Learn more about our asthma research, education and outreach efforts

An Accurate Diagnosis

To determine if your child has asthma, the team will conduct a physical examination and medical history. They also may recommend the following tests:

  • Spirometry, which uses a device to measure lung function
  • Chest X-rays
  • Blood tests
  • Allergy tests
  • Advanced pulmonary function tests

The University of Chicago was the first hospital in the area to offer infant pulmonary function testing, which allows doctors to accurately measure lung function and diagnose lung conditions in infants.

Following diagnosis, our asthma care team will work with your child's pediatrician to evaluate his or her treatment plan or provide second opinions when needed.

For children suffering from an acute asthma attack, Comer Children's offers state-of-the-art emergency and inpatient care.

Listen: Asthma: The Precious Breath of Life