Children's Hospital Colorado

Helping Kids Breathe Easier




Ava was diagnosed with asthma four years ago, and now she's a 7-year-old expert. She and her mom, Angela, are happy to share the tips they've learned along the way.



For years, doctors at other hospitals misdiagnosed Yaretzi's breathing problems. Recently, our doctors confirmed what her mom, Claudia, suspected all along: she has asthma. Now, they're ready to get her asthma under control.

Dr. Federico, of Children's Hospital Colorado, gives an overview of asthma.
Dr. Federico: asthma overview

"It's okay to be scared, but you'll be okay."

Ava, 7-year-old with asthma

Receiving an asthma diagnosis

It can be scary to learn your child has asthma, but receiving that diagnosis is the first step to helping them breathe better. With the right asthma team and treatment, your child can get back to the things they love.

Meet Ava's team

We don't just focus on a child's illness; we focus on the child. That's why our multidisciplinary Asthma Clinic is made up of many different specialists – from asthma and allergy doctors, to child life and social work specialists. Our team works together to help children get well.

Pediatric asthma nurse Julia Grissinger talks about why the Multidisciplinary Asthma Clinic is made up of many different specialists at Children's Hospital Colorado.
Learn about our team approach
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Asthma care for kids

The experts in our pediatric asthma program specialize in helping kids breathe better.

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Preventing asthma attacks

These tips can help you avoid your child's asthma triggers.

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Asthma 101

Our pediatric pulmonologists share the information you need to best manage your child's asthma.

Learn about asthma
Angela sits with her daughter Ava talking about their plan to treat Ava's asthma.

"As long as you stick to your plan, they get better."

Angela, Ava's mom

Managing asthma

Teaching kids how to care for themselves is an important part of helping them manage their asthma. Angela shares how she's learned to help Ava with her daily and emergency medications.

A boy demonstrates how to use an MDI inhaler for asthma.
How to use an inhaler

Humidifier safety

Our pediatric pulmonologist shares potential humidifier dangers and how to use them safely.

Read the tips

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How to use a peak flow meter

Asthma tips for parents

Angela has learned a lot during her daughter's journey with asthma. Check out nine of her favorite tips for keeping kids with asthma healthy and happy.

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Monica Federico, MD

Pediatric pulmonologist Dr. Federico believes that asthma shouldn't stop kids from doing what they love.

Meet Dr. Federico
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The Breathing Institute

The multidisciplinary experts in our Breathing Institute offer treatment for common and complex pediatric respiratory disorders.

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William Anderson, MD

Allergies and asthma often go hand-in-hand. That's why Dr. Anderson helps kids with both.

Meet Dr. Anderson
Ava, 7-year-old with asthma, shares her experience being treated at Children's Hospital Colorado.

"I think it's cool that it's a hospital for kids. I didn't want to leave."

Ava, 7-year-old with asthma
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Find a doctor

Browse and connect with world-class pediatric specialists at Children's Hospital Colorado.

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Meet more patients

We paired newly diagnosed families with others who have been through the journey.

See their stories
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ParentSmart Healthline

When you call our nurse line, you can receive free healthcare advice from registered nurses 24/7.

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Partnership with the University of Colorado School of Medicine

Children's Hospital Colorado partners with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where many of our physicians and care providers serve as faculty.