Asthma Diagnosis

If you’re wondering whether your child has asthma, you’re not alone. The most common question our pediatric pulmonologists get asked is: “My child wheezes and coughs a lot. Is it asthma?”

That’s where our team of experts comes in. They have decades of experience diagnosing and treating asthma and many other lung conditions, so they can pinpoint whether a child has asthma or another lung disease and develop an effective treatment plan.

The diagnostic process varies for each patient, but it usually includes:

  • Understanding the child’s medical history, including how the child handles infections and what triggers his or her symptoms
  • Examining the child’s respiratory system and overall health to look for other issues or illnesses that may be impacting his or her breathing
  • Testing the child’s breathing to measure lung volume and air flow to identify any obstructions or restrictions. We have the ability to test children of all ages, and we’re the only center in the Bay Area with the equipment to test the lung function of infants and toddlers. We also conduct exercise and allergy testing.

During the diagnostic process, we also identify any other conditions that may be impacting a child’s asthma—including allergies, acid reflux and sinus infections—and we work with a multidisciplinary team to treat them. 

Diagnosing asthma early on is critical and improves the odds of long-term, successful management.