Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that inflames and narrows the airways in the lungs. There is no cure for asthma, but your child’s symptoms can be kept in control with proper medical care that includes medications and preventive steps to limit your child’s exposure to asthma triggers. Because asthma can vary in severity through different periods of a person’s life, it is important to learn how to control it with the proper amount of medication at any given time – sometimes more, and hopefully, sometimes less. Children whose asthma is well controlled can usually participate in gym, sports, and other activities; get a restful night’s sleep; and minimize school absences due to asthma symptoms.
As Dr. Kanengiser tells families, “If your child can’t participate in sports, or do what they want to do, I’m not doing my job.”
At The Valley Hospital’s asthma service, we work together to provide every child with expert medical care, state-of-the-art testing and treatment options, family education, and an individualized, detailed asthma action plan for home and school. We believe in building a partnership with you so we can work as a team to provide the best care for your child. Our goal for every child with asthma is to avoid emergency room visits and hospitalization, but if any of these are necessary, our facilities include a pediatric emergency room open 24/7, a dedicated pediatrics inpatient unit, and a pediatric intensive care unit.