Asthma Education Clinic

Did you know that NEO Kids offers Asthma education for children and their families?

Our Asthma Clinic has a primary goal of asthma education with a focus on asthma control and management to prevent and/or minimize the risk of associated short term and long term complications.

Your child will be seen by a Certified Asthma Educator.  They will help you and your child better understand asthma and give you the tools to best control symptoms associated with asthma.

Fast Facts

  • Asthma is the most prevalent chronic disease, affecting 10-15% of Canadian children.
  • According to Statistics Canada (2010), 10.6% of the Greater City of Sudbury population has asthma, which is higher than the provincial average of 8.2%.
  • Asthma can first be diagnosed at any age, but often starts in childhood.
  • Asthma and allergies often occur together.  In fact, 80% of people with asthma are also affected by allergies.

What is asthma?

Asthma is a lung disease that can make it difficult to breathe at times.

  • There is no cure for asthma, but it can be controlled.
  • Asthma affects the airways or breathing tubes that carry air in and out of the lungs.
  • With asthma, the muscles that surround the breathing tubes are sensitive and twitchy and the insides of the breathing tubes are swollen/inflamed.
  • When asthma gets worse, the swelling/inflammation will increase, the muscles will tighten and breathing will be difficult.

Symptoms of asthma include:

  • coughing
  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath
  • chest tightness

What is a trigger?

A trigger is anything that causes inflammation in the airways.  Triggers can cause asthma symptoms to appear and worsen.  Some triggers include:

  • colds or viruses
  • animal dander (cats, dogs)
  • cigarette smoke
  • plants and pollens (grass, trees, ragweed)
  • moulds
  • strong odours (paints, perfumes, air fresheners, cleansers)
  • household dust mites
  • weather changes
  • exercise
  • cockroaches (usually the feces)

Each person has their own set of asthma triggers.  It is important to control asthma by identifying, eliminating and avoiding these triggers whenever possible.

What does asthma control mean?

If asthma is controlled, your child:

  • should not wake up at night because of coughing or shortness of breath
  • should not need to use reliever medication more than three (3) times per week
  • should be able to exercise as long as other children with little (if any) coughing, wheezing, chest tightness or breathing trouble
  • should handle colds as well as other children

Many children control their asthma with a daily “controller” medication. This is usually taken in the morning and at night.

Most children with asthma will also have a “reliever” inhaler. This is used for quick relief when asthma symptoms occur.

Most children will have an Asthma Action Plan to help manage their asthma symptoms.

The 30 Second Asthma Test

If you answer yes to any one of these questions, your child’s asthma is not well controlled.

Over the past four (4) weeks...

  • Does your child have shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing or chest tightness four or more days per week?
  • Does your child need to take his/her blue puffer/rescue puffer four or more times per week to relieve asthma symptoms?
  • Does your child wake up at night coughing, wheezing or short of breath?
  • Does your child miss school because of asthma symptoms?
  • Does your child have shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing or chest tightness after physical activity?

Referrals

All children diagnosed with asthma should be referred to the Asthma Education Clinic.

They can be referred by a doctor, nurse practitioner or you can refer yourself. 

There must be a confirmed diagnosis to be eligible for this clinic.

Click HERE to complete our referral form.

Contact Information

NEO Kids Pediatric ACU
705-523-7120 ext. 3508 or 3545

For more information on the Asthma Education Clinic please email 
neokidsinfo@hsnsudbury.ca.

For information on the status of your referral, email neokidsreferrals@hsnsudbury.ca 

Helpful Resources

Asthma Kids.ca
Canadian Lung Association

Asthma Action Helpline (1-800-668-7682)
Telehealth Ontario (1-800-797-0000)