LincolnHealth - St. Andrews Campus offers an asthma program for children designed to educate asthmatics about how to live with this disease.
Asthma is a reversible obstruction of the bronchial airways (tubes leading from the windpipe into the lungs) and is caused by inflammation and mucous in the airways. The airways become abnormally sensitive to infection, weather, exercise, irritants and allergens (triggers). Inflammation and airway hypersensitivity are regarded as critical elements for the development of asthma, and treatment emphasis should include a major effort to reduce these factors.
Asthma severity can vary from one child to another and from one day to the next based on the ability to control the child's symptoms.
Asthma is also the most common discharge diagnosis for pediatrics. Obviously, it is extremely important that asthmatic children and their parents need to learn asthma management.
Children not only suffer the physical consequences of a chronic illness, they are severely hampered socially when subjected to excessive absenteeism due to poor asthma management. Parents and children must form a partnership with healthcare providers to better understand the causes of asthma and the appropriate treatment for long-term control.
LincolnHealth – St. Andrews Campus and Healthcare Center offers Open Airways, an asthma education program for children ages six to 18 years old and their parents. Call 633-2121 to set up a time to meet about your child's asthma concerns. The program length varies according to each student. Most insurance companies cover the cost of these sessions.