What patients and families need to know
World-Class Asthma Care
Our exceptional team is committed to improving the quality of life for children with a range of asthma needs.
If your child is experiencing coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or chest tightness, or if you think your child has asthma, Children’s National Hospital is here to provide your child with the quality care they deserve.
Our dedicated asthma team of physicians, respiratory therapists and nurse practitioners have in-depth knowledge and expertise in treating infants, children and adolescents with asthma and other lung-related conditions.
Choosing Children’s National for Asthma Care
Children’s National is one of the largest providers of acute asthma care in the mid-Atlantic region. In fact, Children’s National takes care of one percent of all pediatric patients in the nation that are seen in emergency departments for acute asthma care every year.
Highlights of our program include:
- Top-ranked program. U.S. News & World Report named our Division of Pulmonary Medicine among the top 10 in the nation. Learn more.
- Advanced diagnostic testing. We use the most sophisticated diagnostic and treatment technology when performing a wide range of asthma assessments, diagnostics and therapeutic services.
- Array of inpatient services. If your child is admitted at Children’s National, we offer comprehensive inpatient services to patients with acute asthma, ranging from short stay units to intensive care.
- Unparalleled expertise and care. We use the latest advances in breathing treatments and care, all delivered by our dedicated team of pediatric nurses, respiratory therapists and emergency medicine physicians.
- Clinical research. We have an entire research team dedicated to improving the care of pediatric asthma patients and providing them with the newest forms of treatment.
Programs That Provide Asthma Care at Children’s National
Most children with asthma are cared for by their general physician or pediatrician (usually seen every 3 to 6 months) and do not require subspecialty care. However for some patients, families may prefer to seek out subspecialty care or pediatricians may refer patients to subspecialty asthma care.
These programs will help minimize your child's flare-ups and improve their quality of life.
The Division of Allergy and Immunology at Children’s National helps to ensures greater access for children and teens to pediatric experts in asthma and allergies, as well as inherited and acquired immune system disorders.
Meet the Allergy and Immunology team.
IMPACT DC Asthma Clinic is an award-winning, evidence-based, pediatric asthma program in Washington, D.C., that sees patients who have been to the emergency room, were hospitalized for asthma or who generally have trouble controlling their asthma.
If further referrals are needed, IMPACT DC will coordinate with these programs or clinics: Severe Asthma Clinic, Aerodigestive Clinic, Allergy Clinic, Sleep Clinic, Improving Diet, Energy and Activity for Life Clinic and more. The goal of this clinic is to decrease the number of emergency room visits and hospital stays by educating patients and families about ways to manage their asthma and advocating for asthma-friendly homes.
Ranked as one of the top ten programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for pulmonology and lung surgery, our Division of Pulmonary Medicine provides comprehensive treatment for lung and breathing-related conditions.
The Severe Asthma Clinic sees patients who have chronic asthma that is not responding well to treatment. This includes:
- Children that have been admitted to the intensive care unit or had more than one hospitalization in the past year.
- Children that have been evaluated by the IMPACT DC Asthma Clinic or primary care and were noted to have uncontrolled moderate or severe asthma symptoms, despite traditional treatment.
- Children that need high doses of daily therapy to maintain asthma control.
For questions about asthma care or to to schedule an appointment with one of of our specialized programs, please contact us at 202-476-3970.