Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in our country that affects millions of children. Asthma is a controllable disease, and children with asthma should expect to lead active, healthy lives free of asthma symptoms. Unfortunately, many children and their families spend too many hours with uncontrolled symptoms in hospitals and emergency rooms. The Pediatric Asthma Program can help you recognize and control your child’s asthma symptoms.
Common asthma symptoms are coughing, wheezing, tightness in chest, shortness of breath, and fast breathing. However, symptoms are not the same for everyone.
Does your child need help controlling asthma?
Take the quiz to see if your child’s asthma is controlled:
- Does your child have asthma symptoms more than twice a week?
- Does your child use a rescue medication more than twice a week?
- Does your child wake up at night with asthma symptoms more than twice a month?
- Does your child have breathing problems during physical activities?
- Does your child miss school because of asthma problems?
- Have you taken your child to the emergency room or hospital because of asthma problems?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, your child’s asthma may not be in good control.
How do you control asthma?
Asthma can be controlled by:
- Recognizing the early warning signs (coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath)
- Identifying and avoiding asthma triggers
- Working with your healthcare provider to develop an asthma action plan that will guide you on how to manage asthma
- Visiting your healthcare provider on a regular basis
- Having the right tools available to manage asthma
The Pediatric Asthma Program is a program that provides services to children (up to age 18) who have asthma, their families and the community on how to control and prevent asthma episodes.
Services provided by the Pediatric Asthma Program are free and include:
- Education – Learn how to manage asthma and prevent problems that can occur
- Tools – Learn what information and equipment is needed to treat asthma at different ages
- Resources – Learn about local support in your community for asthma awareness
To learn more, or speak to with someone close to you, call one of the Vidant Health locations offering pediatric asthma services.
Vidant Bertie Hospital: 252-794-6658
Vidant Chowan Hospital: 252-794-6658
Vidant Edgecombe Hospital: 252-641-7382
Vidant Medical Center: 252-847-6834
Vidant Roanoke-Chowan Hospital: 252-209-3460