Children's Hospital Colorado
Breathing Institute
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Breathing Institute

About the Asthma Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado

Asthma is the most common chronic condition in children, with symptoms ranging from recurrent coughing or wheezing to exercise-induced coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath or low endurance. Learn more about asthma.

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Our Asthma Program provides comprehensive education to patients and families about asthma, trigger identification (allergen skin testing if age appropriate), and age-appropriate pulmonary function testing. The latest in diagnostic testing is available for both infants and older children.

Our staff includes dedicated pulmonologists, allergists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, respiratory therapists, a dietician and a social worker. Many of our staff members are certified asthma educators. 

Why choose Children’s Hospital Colorado for the treatment of your child’s asthma?

Children's Hospital Colorado Breathing Institute's mission is to provide comprehensive clinical care and consultation for children with common and complex breathing problems.

We offer a high-risk asthma clinic for patients who have a diagnosis of asthma and who have been to the emergency room twice or more in 12 months or have been hospitalized for asthma. Our healthcare providers work closely with hospitals, referring providers and community organizations to promote healthy outcomes for our patients with asthma and to decrease the frequency of emergency room visits and hospitalizations due to asthma exacerbations.  

Our Asthma Program treats more children with asthma than any other hospital in Colorado. Every year, our team sees more than 2,000 patients for their asthma care and more than 200 are patients with high-risk asthma.  For all of these patients we monitor, evaluate and intervene as part of our high-risk Asthma Program.

At Children’s Colorado, parents and families are valued members of their child’s healthcare team. Time is taken to answer their questions, address their concerns and provide them with the education and tools they need to manage their child’s asthma on a day-to-day basis and during exacerbations. Our asthma team also coordinates communication between your child’s healthcare providers.

What we offer

We evaluate all therapeutic options and provide opportunities for participation in research studies that may prevent asthma exacerbations even in difficult to control asthma.

Our team also develops personalized medicine techniques to help these children control their asthma and provide psychosocial support for children with asthma and their families.

Other services include:

  • Special clinics for the youngest children with wheeze and cough in order to apply the most recent evidence-based medical practices towards the prevention of asthma and the progression of disease.
  • Specialized clinical staff (nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses, respiratory therapists, asthma counselors) who have dedicated their careers to working with asthma patients.
  • Thorough child and family friendly evaluations
  • Spirometry (age-appropriate breathing test) 
  • Skin allergy testing (when age appropriate)
  • Asthma education and written asthma action plan
  • School asthma action plan
  • Education on medication, devices and usage
  • Collaboration and integration with our Allergy Program

Asthma research

The Asthma Program is committed to conducting cutting-edge research designed to advance asthma care and offer the most advanced treatment options. Program members participate in developing Colorado state, national and worldwide asthma guidelines.

This research is aimed at identifying new treatment strategies and medications, with the goal of preventing the onset of the disease. We also conduct research in the school setting in order to support a school-centered approach to asthma management.

Our Multidisciplinary Asthma Clinic

The Children’s Colorado asthma treatment programs also include the Multidisciplinary Asthma Clinic. The Multidisciplinary Asthma Clinic began in 2015, focusing on children with severe, difficult to treat asthma who may benefit from a shared pulmonary and allergy appointment. Patients also have the opportunity to meet with social work, nutrition and speech therapy.

Providers and clinic staff assist with any areas that may trigger the patient’s asthma, including the environment, home, school and barriers to getting and taking medication. These appointments are held in the Multidisciplinary Clinic on the second floor of the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Contact us 

Asthma Clinic 
Phone: 720-777-6181