"We were all ready to head out on a college tour upstate," remembers Elliot Greene. "The night before we were to leave, my son, Geoffrey, complained that he wasn't feeling so well-there was some abdominal cramping and he had no appetite.

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Asthma Services for Children

Pediatric Asthma Program

New York Methodist lung doctors recognize the unique characteristics of childhood asthma. In addition to a physical examination, the doctor will consider the family history of asthma, allergens, and irritants (such as smoke) to which the child is exposed, severity of symptoms, and results from breathing tests.

Working with parents, the pediatricians, pediatric pulmonologists (doctors who specialize in lung diseases), and pediatric allergists create an effective plan to manage the condition.

The physician may prescribe certain medications and devices which can include a peak flow meter to measure breathing, metered dose inhalers, spacers that attach to inhalers, nebulizers that deliver medication in a mist, and medication in tablet form.

For more information, call 718.246.8510.

Pediatric Asthma Education

Asthma is a serious, sometimes life-threatening chronic respiratory disease. Although there is currently no cure for asthma, the disease can be controlled through medical treatment and management of environmental triggers. For successful, thorough, and ongoing treatment, strong partnerships between families and health care providers are very important.

New York Methodist's asthma educator serves as a bridge between families and physicians to enable better management. No physician referral is required and there is no cost for this service. Educational sessions offered include individual or groups sessions, led by a certified asthma educator. Registration is required.

Learn about:

  • Asthma Basics
  • Asthma Signs and Symptoms
  • Asthma Triggers
  • Exercise Induced Asthma
  • Asthma Medicines and Medication Administration Techniques
  • Using an Asthma Action Plan
  • Coping with an Asthma Emergencies
  • Proper Use of Inhaler Devices

To contact the New York Methodist asthma educator or to make an appointment, please call 718.780.3066.

Find more information on pediatric and adolescent asthma from our health library here.

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