Children's Hospital Colorado
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Asthma Signs and Diagnosis

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. Here, Angela and Claudia discuss how they came to suspect asthma, and how they found the treatment their children needed.

A boy is getting tested for a breathing condition at the Breathing Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado.

Understanding asthma: from diagnosis to treatment

Asthma is a chronic (long lasting) breathing condition that occurs when the airways in the lungs become swollen and make breathing difficult. Learn the signs and symptoms of asthma as well as how our breathing experts test for, diagnose and treat asthma in kids.

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Asthma care just for kids

The Asthma Program at Children's Hospital Colorado treats children with common to severe asthma with a focus on managing asthma so kids can continue to do the things they love. Our special attention to providing kid-focused care means that children we treat can focus on fun rather than feeling like they're at the doctor's office.

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A team approach for children with asthma

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

Learn why multidisciplinary care matters for your child

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Browse and connect with our world-class pediatric asthma and breathing specialists.

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Meet more patients

Read inspiring stories from other patients living with breathing problems.

See their stories
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Helpful asthma resources

Watch how-to videos and discover tools other families have found helpful.

Find what you need

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

Ava, 7-year-old with asthma


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.