When to refer a child with severe asthma

The goal is helping families manage a child’s asthma while needing less emergency care.

Children and teens experiencing severe cases of asthma face unique challenges living in the Louisville area.

Louisville is routinely among the most challenging cities to live with asthma and among the top cities with emergency room visits for asthma, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

If a child you are treating has severe asthma symptoms, evidenced by several emergency department visits or admission to intensive care even though receiving treatment, consider referring the patient to Norton Children’s Pulmonology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine. An or pulmonologist with the practice will evaluate the patient and can refer them to the Norton Children’s Severe Asthma Clinic.

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Kids with asthma can be active with proper care,” said Ronald L. Morton, M.D., pediatric pulmonologist with Norton Children’s Pulmonology.

At the Severe Asthma Clinic, specialists from Norton Children’s Pulmonology and Norton Children’s Allergy & Immunology, affiliated with the UofL School of Medicine, along with a team of advanced practice providers, therapists, nurses and other health care professionals, evaluate the patient in a multidisciplinary setting.

The goal of the Norton Children’s Severe Asthma Clinic is to address the causes of the patient’s severe asthma as well as help children and families, through the use of comprehensive therapeutic strategies, to:

  • Maintain healthy breathing
  • Identify asthma triggers that children may be to avoid
  • Optimize allergy care
  • Prevent chronic symptoms and asthma attacks
  • Limit trips to the emergency room
  • Recognize symptoms of unstable or uncontrolled asthma through asthma education and an asthma action plan
  • Live as worry-free as possible, including maintaining normal physical activities

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