What to Expect at Your First Appointment at the Asthma Center
At Cincinnati Children’s, we specialize in providing care for children with asthma that is difficult to treat or especially complex. If you are visiting our clinic, you have already been working with your child’s pediatrician to control asthma symptoms, and you need help. You can feel confident that we’re here to help you and your child every step of the way. Your child has likely undergone many tests already, but we want to make sure our diagnosis is thorough so we can find the best treatment plan.
Making an Appointment at the Asthma Center
We want it to be easy for you to get the care your child needs. You can fill out a form requesting more information or contact us directly to schedule an appointment. Or your child’s pediatrician or provider can refer your child to our center. We also take referrals from our Emergency Department and other hospitals.
The Asthma Center at Cincinnati Children’s has four clinic locations:
On the Day of Your Visit to the Asthma Center
Arriving At Your Appointment
You will need to arrive about 30 minutes before your child’s appointment. This will allow 15 minutes to park and walk to our clinic, and 15 minutes to check in at our registration desk.
If you are running late, please contact us.
At Your Appointment
Every patient’s first appointment is different. Our goal is to gather as much detail about your child’s condition as possible so we can develop an appropriate treatment plan. During your appointment, you’ll meet the team that will care for your child. We may order some or all of the following:
- Allergy testing
- Exercise induced asthma test
- Exhaled nitric oxide (eNO)
- Full lung function testing
- Infant pulmonary function test (iPFT)
- Methacholine challenge test
- Impedance probe
- Swallow study
- Sleep study
- Spirometry before and after albuterol
- X-rays and CT scans
After Your Visit to the Asthma Center
You will receive an “After Visit Summary” at the end of your appointment. It will include important details about upcoming appointments, test results, referrals to specialists, and all medications (including new prescriptions). It also will include contact information for your child’s care team. It is also helpful if you can sign up for MyChart as this is a convenient way to contact our team.