Childhood Asthma Treatment in Jacksonville, FL

Asthma Pediatricians in Jacksonville, Fl

Carithers Pediatric Group provides childhood asthma treatment in Jacksonville, FL and surrounding areas. We take a collaborative team approach to support families with a child struggling with asthma, as we maximize care. Ideal management of asthma involves regular visits with our physicians to discuss a child’s progress. These visits will be utilized to maximize education, develop an “Asthma Action Plan”, adjust medications, and/or order additional tests or consultations if needed.

What is Childhood Asthma?

Asthma is also referred to as reactive airways disease. It is a common childhood condition that can manifest itself in varying degrees of severity and presentation. For some children, it is mild and slow in onset. For others, it can be sudden and severe, requiring emergency intervention. Typical triggers of childhood asthma (its reactivity) include upper respiratory infections (colds/viruses), weather change, exercise, and allergy exposures. Most children cough and feel short of breath. These sudden, acute symptoms are relieved by a medicine referred to as a rescue medicine. If they occur frequently, then different medicines are used on a regular basis to prevent the symptoms from starting up.

The science of managing asthma and the use of the many medicines for this is a well-defined science, with guidelines endorsed by the National Health Institute and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The recommendations attempt to balance the minimized use of medicines with side effects while keeping the lungs healthy and free of the long term damage that can occur with poorly controlled asthma. There are specific steps outlined in this management. The goal is a healthy child who is free to enjoy life, including exercise, sports, playing outdoors in all seasons, and weathering typical viruses with little trouble.

Managing Childhood Asthma

We recommend that those patients diagnosed with asthma should be followed at least every 3 to 6 months by their doctor. Our goal is to evaluate how our patients are doing and make adjustments if needed with medications. We hope to make these changes when there are mild symptoms rather than waiting for flare-ups requiring ER visits, hospitalizations and missed days at school and/or work.

Assessments are made regarding the frequency of symptoms, the use of rescue medicine and the effectiveness of preventative maintenance medicines. Asthma action plans are established and reviewed so that a parent and child feel comfortable and clear about how to approach flare-ups, manage their asthma at home appropriately, and when to bring their child to the office.

Childhood Asthma Treatment in Jacksonville, FL

We look forward to working with you to assist your child in this area. We want you to feel confident that we not only have your child’s best interest in mind but also possess the knowledge and experience to appropriately assess and treat your child. Carithers serves children of Jacksonville, FL and surrounding areas with quality pediatric care including childhood asthma action plans. For more information about our services, contact us at our two Jacksonville locations.

Patient Feedback

“The best doctors offices (we have gone to both locations multiple times) in the world if you as me! I have never had a bad experience! Each appointment with any doctor we see in the group is great! I’m not sure how they pick their providers but they do an amazing job! We have been with them my 5 year old was born and always have great appointments! They love my babies and make them feel comfortable and relaxed as if they see them everyday! In today’s world everyone needs a doctors them.”

Errin W.

“been amazing with my son and great with me, I get nervous with doctors more so when it comes to my kid and they are great at calming my fears.”

Ryann A.

“I have went through a few different pediatricians with my daughter and Carithers by far has exceeded my expectations. Every concern has been quickly acknowledged. If I have any questions they are answered appropriately and they never make me feel silly for asking.”

Lacie V.

“I have been using Carithers for 5 years. I have always been happy with the office, nurses and
doctors. My last visit was flu shots for my 2 year old and 5 year old. The nurses exceeded my
expectations!! They were amazing with my boys. They took their time and calmed my boys
before giving the shots. They were so great!!The front office staff is always friendly, sweet and
accommodating. We always feel welcomed, which is important to me and my family. The office
is clean and the location is safe. ”

Brittany M.

“My toddler twins love the doctors and staff at both Carithers locations!!!”

Glenn F.

“I was looking for a better pediatrician for my 17-month-old and newborn. A friend referred me
to Carithers after raving about them. I have to say that they were worth the rave. I love how
professional and friendly everyone is. They have a very efficient system. The doctors do not rush
you and they make you feel like no question is the wrong question. The office and every room are
clean and tidy. I am so glad that I switched my children over to Carithers.”

Keisha M.

“Always a wonderful experience with the very personable doctors and nurses!!”

James M.

“Overall, our experience with Carithers has been very good. Both my husband and I were patients
at this practice as children and we are glad our children have the opportunity to receive the
same wonderful care that we did. We have seen a wide range of Dr. S at the practice and would
feel good about many being our children’s primary physician.”

Caroline B.

“I was a patient of Carithers Pediatrics in the 1970s, and my three kids will age-out of the practice
too! Terrific doctors, well-run practice. The doctors are experts and “present” – we aren’t
numbers …and holy cow do they listen. After I explained an ongoing medical problem to the
doctor, I heard her repeat the issue to another doctor – thoroughly and concisely … she had
absorbed it all. They always call back in a timely fashion, no insurance problems … we are 100%
thrilled with the medical care and office-care we receive. Thanks all!”

Nancy H.

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