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Asthma is a condition where your lungs react to things that normally don’t affect other people, making it difficult to breathe.

Your body senses something dangerous in the lungs and reacts in two major ways: 

  1. The muscles in our airways tighten up, causing the airways to narrow and making it harder for air to pass through
  2. The airways become swollen (inflamed)

The University of Maryland Children's Hospital has a team of experts ready to help treat your child's asthma. Learn more about:

Areas of Expertise

Patient Conditions

  • Asthma
  • Central apnea/hyperventilation
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Chronic cough
  • Recurrent pneumonia/infections
  • Aspiration syndromes
  • Allergies
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Primary immunodeficiency
  • Chronic sinusitis
  • Chronic respiratory failure
  • Eosinophilic gastro-intestinal disorders
  • Sleep disorders

Specialized Treatment

  • Allergen Immunotherapy
  • Anti-IgE therapy
  • IV and subcutaneous gammaglobulin
  • Ventilation services/oxygen management

Special Programs

  • Breathmobile® - Free mobile asthma clinic
    for underserved/uninsured children.
  • Pediatric Sleep Program - Evaluation and management of suspected sleep disorders from infancy to adolescence.

Awards and Recognition

The University of Maryland Children's Hospital is the first pediatric hospital on the East Coast to receive a certificate of distinction from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO) for its treatment of children with asthma.

The designation shows that the Children's Hospital's pediatric asthma program meets rigorous standards for excellent care.