Allergies, Asthma & Pulmonology

Allergies and asthma can make it hard to breathe. While that's no fun for adults, it can be especially frustrating and even scary for kids. That's why our Banner Children's specialists are here to help! We don't treat your child like a small adult; we know he or she is a kid and needs special "kid" treatment. Our diagnoses and treatments are tailored specifically to your child's needs to help him or her breathe easier, so you can too.

Team Approach to Allergies & Asthma in Kids

At Banner Children's, we're here to help with those frequent or severe breathing problems that could be affecting your child's quality of life. We work together to treat many conditions, such as asthma, allergy and sleep disorders. Our team of dedicated pediatric specialists, including respiratory specialists, pulmonologists and educators, focuses on your child, their specific condition and will work with you to figure out the right treatment plan to manage it.

Download our free Asthma Workbook to learn more about asthma and its effects. This workbook can help kids control their asthma, learn tips on how to find a treatment plan that works best and keep a positive outlook! (Download the Spanish version).

In addition to the material below, we provide education and support for you and your family.

Are my child's symptoms serious?

Your child's symptoms can be serious. During an asthma flare-up, he or she may complain about feeling a tightness in the chest or of being tired or weak. You might also notice other warning signs, such as faster breathing, coughing and wheezing.

Much like allergies, kids with asthma may react to environmental factors called triggers. A few of the most common triggers include:

  • Car and truck exhaust
  • Exercise
  • Dust and mold
  • Pets
  • Smoke

Any of these triggers can cause your child's airways to swell and narrow. Since asthma is a chronic (long-lasting or recurring) problem, it's important to help your child avoid triggers when you can. When you can't, it's just as important to have an allergy action plan ready to manage them.

What are my child's asthma treatment options?

At Banner Health, we evaluate children with asthma symptoms and recommend the best way to manage those symptoms. We also offer:

  • Care for chronic lung disease caused by premature birth
  • Respiratory failure care
  • Care for chronic and recurrent respiratory infections such as bronchitis, bronchiolitis or pneumonia
  • Pulmonary function tests to measure how well your child breathes
  • Infant pulmonary function tests
  • Flexible bronchoscopy

How common are my child's allergies?

Your child’s allergies may be more common than you think. Allergies, including asthma, are 1 of the top 3 most common long-term conditions in kids. The American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology estimates:

  • 9.5 million kids in the U.S. have skin allergies
  • Food allergies affect nearly 6 million more kids, or about 8%
  • Nearly 8.3 million kids have respiratory allergies

Kids' allergies often change over time. Sometimes they get better, sometimes they get worse. It can be a tough task to keep up with all the information you need. In addition to the material below, we provide education and support for you and your family.

How do you diagnose my child's allergies?

At Banner Health, we use the latest techniques to diagnose allergy symptoms that can range from coughing and wheezing all the way to pneumonia you can't quite shake. Our technicians are trained to use these and other tools to diagnose your child's condition:

  • Diagnostic laryngoscopy and bronchoscopy
  • Exercise testing
  • High-risk airway evaluation and management
  • Lung function assessment
  • Pediatric polysomnography
  • Pulmonary function testing
  • Respiratory home care, including chronic ventilator management