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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Children with asthma require expert, ongoing care, especially in Central Florida where asthma rates are higher than the national average. At Nemours Children’s Hospital, our Center for Asthma Research & Treatment (CART) helps kids with asthma get the diagnosis they need to start treatment — and to advance the science of asthma care so that children everywhere can have better management strategies and happier outcomes.
With a complex disease like asthma, testing and care are always improving.
At Nemours, a coordinated team of pediatric specialists from the Division of Allergy & Immunology and the Division of Pulmonology & Sleep Medicine is actively involved in studies to improve best practices and find new treatment options.
Our pediatric allergists and pulmonologists are more than just experts — they were selected for their dedication to family-centered medicine, which makes patients and their families key members of the care team.
Whether your child’s asthma symptoms are chronic and severe or mild and infrequent, we’re here to help. Through our Nemours Center for Asthma Research & Treatment (CART), we provide truly comprehensive services for children and teens with asthma. We also connect with primary care providers throughout the area to offer complete and seamless asthma care backed by the latest research.
Each Nemours provider, and any additional physician your child sees, is linked by an award-winning electronic health record system that eliminates the need for repetitive testing and unnecessary doctor visits — and helps expedite the right care in an emergency.
You can also view parts of your child's health records, communicate with your Nemours care team, make appointments, request prescription refills and more through our MyNemours online patient portal.
Although we work with children and families to avoid asthma emergencies, they can and sometimes do occur. It’s comforting to know the Emergency Department at Nemours Children’s Hospital has the equipment and trained staff to treat your child for any type of asthma attack at any hour. Our 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.
Dealing with a chronic or complex medical condition is difficult for your child and family. But you don’t have to go it alone. Nemours Children’s Hospital provides an array of support services for your child and family.
We also have educational tools available to help you and your child gain a better understanding of the condition and how to manage it. Nemours’ KidsHealth and the GetWellNetwork have developed a 14-part series of 4- to 5-minute videos on asthma, covering topics from “What Is Asthma?” to “Asthma Triggers” to “Your Child’s Asthma Action Plan.”
Our Nemours Center for Asthma Research & Treatment (CART) is the first pediatric program in Central Florida linked to the two largest asthma networks in the country — AsthmaNet and the American Lung Association. Through these networks and 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/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) simply means that part of our research is learning how genetic differences can affect responses to medications, which means we can better tailor care for each individual child.
We’re dedicated to reducing the number of children with undiagnosed asthma, which is why we’re out in the communities we serve, building asthma awareness and sharing our expertise with neighboring hospitals and clinics so their pediatric patients can benefit from what we know.
Our Center for Asthma Research & Treatment (CART) works with local, state and national organizations to advocate for improved disease 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.
We also partner with the American Lung Association of Central Florida to host an Asthma Educators Institute at NCH. This two-day course trains school nurses, respiratory therapists and other clinical health care professions in the best approaches for managing asthma and how to teach families about the disease.
To help bring additional awareness and vital information to the community, NCH partners with the Department of Health in Orange County to train child care providers at local Head Start day care centers. These centers earn “asthma-friendly” certification and, in the process, share important information about asthma with families.