Asthma Program

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The University of Maryland Children's Hospital is the first pediatric hospital on the East Coast to receive a certificate of distinction from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for its treatment of children with asthma. The designation shows that the Children's Hospital's pediatric asthma program meets rigorous standards for excellent care.

The Pediatric Asthma Program is within the division of pulmonology at the University of Maryland Children's Hospital.  It offers full-services for the evaluation, management and education of asthma in the inpatient, outpatient, and emergency department settings. The program is lead by pediatric specialists who are committed to helping children control their asthma so that they can lead healthy, active lives. 

Areas of Expertise

Patient Conditions

  • Asthma
  • Central apnea/hyperventilation
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Chronic cough
  • Recurrent pneumonia/infections
  • Aspiration syndromes
  • Allergies
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Primary immunodeficiency
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Chronic respiratory failure
  • Eosinophilic gastro-intestinal disorders
  • Sleep disorders

Specialized Treatment

  • Allergen Immunotherapy
  • Anti-IgE therapy
  • IV and subcutaneous gammaglobulin
  • Ventilation services/oxygen management

Special Programs

  • Breathmobile® - Free mobile asthma clinic
    for underserved/uninsured children.
  • Pediatric Sleep Program - Evaluation and management of suspected sleep disorders from infancy to adolescence.
Quick Facts
Asthma is a chronic disease of the breathing tubes.  It can be controlled but not cured. 

1 in 15 Americans have asthma.

Asthma accounts for 2 million emergency room visits each year.

Asthma is the 3rd leading cause of hospitalization in children.
Asthma Videos
Profile of UMCH Asthma Program

Will My Child Outgrow His/Her Asthma?

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First Asthma Attack Under Age Five?
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Differences In Asthma For Adults, Kids?
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What If Medicines Do Not Relieve Asthma? View video >