Children ages 12-17, who have well-controlled asthma, are wanted in a clinical trial to study the effectiveness of mobile devices in an effort to determine the lowest dosage of medication needed to maintain control.
Asthma in children is the number one reason for school absences and hospital emergency department visits. At Nemours, we treat nearly 30,000 children with asthma each year. Our teams of pediatric specialists can make an initial diagnosis of asthma and provide the care children need to successfully manage their symptoms.
Asthma is generally a chronic (long-term) disease that makes breathing difficult when parts of a child’s airway become swollen and inflamed, and may be clogged with thick mucus.
Making an initial diagnosis of asthma in children includes obtaining a complete medical and family history, and performing a comprehensive physical examination. Testing is individualized and may include a chest X-ray and pulmonary function testing to see how well the lungs are working, and allergy testing.
After the diagnosis is made, good childhood asthma care requires continuous effort at home and in school. We spend lots of time with children and families one-on-one and in groups to teach them about the disease and how to use their medications. Our primary goal is to minimize the symptoms of asthma and help children and families to reduce the number of times they’ll need to go to the hospital for emergency care.
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Nemours is nationally and internationally recognized for our expertise in treating children with pediatric pulmonology conditions such as asthma and cystic fibrosis. Nemours Children’s Clinic, Pensacola is home to the only comprehensive pediatric asthma program in Northwest Florida that offers integrated, family-centered asthma education and programs developed by pediatric pulmonologists.
As part of a network of multispecialty pediatric hospitals and outpatient care facilities, our asthma team provides seamless care backed by research and clinical trials, which means we bring new treatments (often with less medicine) to kids with asthma, faster. Along with our pediatric hospital affiliate and neighbor, The Children’s Hospital of Sacred Heart, your child can receive comprehensive asthma services in an outpatient, hospital and emergency setting, all in one location.
At Nemours, we believe collaboration and information provide better outcomes. Our asthma care team — including board-certified pulmonologists, certified respiratory therapists and highly skilled nurses — works with your pediatrician and other Nemours specialists as needed (gastroenterologists and registered dietitians) to help your child achieve the most active, healthy life possible.
Our respiratory therapists are also certified asthma educators who teach our patients and families about the condition, including triggers, how asthma affects the body and the medications required to treat symptoms and manage the condition at home.
The Nemours asthma team in Northwest Florida diagnoses asthma in kids of all ages and develops easy-to-follow personalized asthma action plans that significantly reduce symptoms and flare-ups (with the least amount of medicine possible). Specialists at Nemours have onsite access to physicians in more than 30 specialties, which means we can address underlying medical conditions that may contribute or trigger your child’s asthma.
Although we work to avoid asthma emergencies, they can and sometimes do occur. It’s comforting to know the Emergency Department at The Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart has the equipment and trained staff to treat your child for any type of asthma attack at any hour. Their emergency specialists are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to recognize and treat the most severe symptoms of asthma in infants, children and teens.
Pediatric pulmonologists (lung and respiratory care doctors) at Nemours Children’s Clinic, Pensacola provide expert specialty care for nearly all pediatric lung and airway diseases, from mild and acute, to chronic and complex. In addition to an integrated, comprehensive asthma program, our recognized pulmonology care for kids includes a nationally accredited Cystic Fibrosis Center, treatment expertise in neonatal bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) and excellence in managing respiratory complications in children with neuromuscular disease.
Nemours Children’s Clinic, Pensacola provides a wide range of support services for your child and family, including:
An important part of the asthma program in Pensacola is to reduce the number of children living with undiagnosed asthma, which is why we’re out in the communities we serve, building asthma awareness and sharing our expertise with area hospitals and asthma centers so their pediatric patients can benefit from what we know. The Nemours Center for Asthma Research & Treatment (CART) in Florida makes a difference in children’s lives, even those who never enter our doors.
The Nemours Center for Asthma Research & Treatment (CART) in Central Florida is linked to the two largest asthma networks in the country — AsthmaNet and the American Lung Association. Through these networks and the Nemours Children’s Health System, Florida-based Nemours physicians can interact with asthma experts across the country. Many of our patients are currently enrolled in research trials to test new medications and treatments.
Other programs affiliated with CART include the American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Center (ACRC) at Nemours Children’s Specialty Care, Jacksonville and the University of Florida Consortium in Jacksonville, Fla., the Nemours Network for Asthma Research and the Nemours Center for Pharmacogenomics and Translational Research. Pharmacogenomics (a combination of pharmacology and genomics) means that part of our research is learning how genetic differences can affect responses to medications, so we can better tailor care for each child.
In Florida, the Nemours Center for Asthma Research & Treatment (CART) works with local, state and national organizations to advocate for improved asthma awareness, greater research funding, clean-air legislation and also to share expertise. We do this alongside the Florida Asthma Coalition and the American Lung Association of the Southeast.
Nemours also partners with local American Lung Association chapters and health departments to bring additional awareness and vital information to the community, like helping schools and daycare centers become "asthma friendly" and, in the process, share important information about asthma with families.