BreatheWell Asthma Testing & Treatment in Marietta, GA
BreatheWell is Cobb Pediatrics own comprehensive program that provides asthma testing, management, education, and follow up for our patients with asthma.
The Importance of Asthma Treatment
Asthma is the most common chronic medical problem in pediatrics and is responsible for a significant number of missed school days, missed activities, missed parental work days, urgent care visits, emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and even deaths. Cobb Pediatrics is dedicated to managing your child’s asthma so that they can do all the things that kids should be doing and not spending time in the emergency department!
How the Program Works
Patients with asthma are scheduled for an annual BreatheWell visit in conjunction with their annual well-child visit. Prior to the appointment, you will be asked to complete an Asthma Control Test on our patient portal along with any other surveys assigned.
When you arrive at the office, you will first meet with a member of our BreatheWell team. If your child is old enough, they will have spirometry testing to measure their lung function. Your child’s provider will proceed with the well visit as usual but will also discuss asthma and how your child is doing with their current asthma medication. At that time, any medication refills will be sent to your pharmacy.
After the provider has completed the visit, the BreatheWell nurse will go over your child’s Asthma Action Plan with you, provide any education needed, and answer any questions you might have. Patients with poorly controlled asthma or those who are going through medication changes may be scheduled for follow up visits at Cobb Pediatrics prior to their next well visit.
One common area of confusion for both parents and patients themselves is how to properly use various types of inhalers. These inhalers are designed to control asthmatic symptoms as well as to prevent an asthma attack, and so it is important that you and your child feel confident in using one at any time. Our pediatricians have created a few short instructional videos to help guide you through this process:
How to Use an Infant Asthma Inhaler
How to Use a Dry Powder Inhaler
How to Use a Redihaler
How to Use a Spacer and Inhaler
Please be aware that because the BreatheWell visit is designed to address separate issues from the standard annual well visit, your insurance may require a copay at the time of the visit. If it is problematic for you to allow for enough time to complete the well visit and the BreatheWell visit on the same day, we are happy to schedule them on different days for your convenience.