Asthma affects over 5.3 million children in the US and the number of pediatric asthma cases is on the rise. It is the most common childhood chronic disease and accounts for more school-related absences than any other disease and can affect sleep and physical activity limits. Symptoms are unique to each individual but can include: wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath. One study found that 17% of children displayed asthma-like symptoms without actually being diagnosed.
To enhance our services to our patients, we have our Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Natalie McNally, PNP who is a Certified Asthma Educator. She will be available to help manage our asthmatics with more detailed services. She is trained to do many of the following:
- Evaluate and manage medications for asthmatics, for new, acute and chronic patients according to the latest Asthma Practice Guidelines as set by the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology
- Create an asthma action plan for your child
- Teach inhaler, nebulizer and peak flow techniques with hands-on training
- In-office spirometry (lung function) testing to monitor patients
- Do regularly scheduled follow-up asthma management to work on maintaining asthma patients on optimal medication programs
- Counsel families on environmental triggers and order testing for allergies and review the results
If your child has asthma and you answer “yes” to any of these questions – this may suggest that their asthma is out of control:
- Does your child take the quick-relief inhaler more than TWO times per week?
- Do they awaken at night with asthma more than TWO times per month?
- Do you need to refill their quick-relief inhaler more than TWO times per year?
Also if your child awakens at night with asthma symptoms, has had recent urgent visits for asthma or has an increased need for using their short-acting inhaler, Natalie can review their medication program to make sure it is ideal.
You may book an asthma consultation, follow-up or education appointment with Natalie McNally, PNP. Your primary physician provider will also be aware of treatment plans that are being implemented.