Asthma is the number 1 chronic disease of childhood and Sandhills Pediatrics has made improving asthma care a major focus of our practice.
The philosophy is simple: we teach children and their parents about asthma so they become partners with their doctors and gain control over this disease. We follow the current National Institute of Health guidelines. We expect all children to become almost symptom-free and to be able to participate in all childhood activities including sports.
Because we have been so successful at lowering emergency room visits and hospital admissions, our program has been used as a model for other practices. Our outcomes were published in May/June 2005 North Carolina Medical Journal.
1) Asthma should not limit your activities- Once you are on the right medicine, you ought to be able run, jump, play, dance without any asthma problems!
2) Albuterol (Ventolin, ProAir, Xopenex) rescue medicine use should be rare (less than once a week). It is a sign of success when the albuterol inhaler expires before the medicine runs out!
3) Get a Flu vaccine every fall! Say BOO to the Flu and get a Flu vaccine every year before Halloween!
4) QUIT SMOKING! Tobacco smoke is a leading trigger of asthma attacks! Quit smoking for yourself (lung cancer, wrinkles 10-15 years earlier) your child (fewer asthma attacks) and your wallet (average smoker spends $150/month- give yourself a TAX-FREE Raise!) Firstquit has an excellent stop smoking program that helps BOTH teens and adults: 910-715-6274 or contact email@example.com.
We perform ACT (Asthma Control Tests) and spirometry on our patients with Asthma on regular basis for optimal control.