When 11-year-old Erick was just four years old, his mom Melissa noticed he was coughing a lot and short of breath. A doctor diagnosed him with asthma triggered by allergies.
Cotton-O'Neil Dr. Allan Kossoy says asthma in children often shows up just as Melissa spotted it. He says it's the number one reason children miss school and go to the doctor.
Dr. Kossoy it can be a challenge to find the right medication for kids because options are limited. That's why he's involved in several clinical trials, testing inhalers, nasal sprays, and oral medications. Some are brand new, others looking at whether adult medications are safe for kids.
Children enrolled in the trials would get free care from a specialist and get free medications. Beyond that, they'd be helping moms like Melissa help their kids turn the page toward a healthy future.
"It'd be wonderful, absolutely wonderful, for him to have a normal life and do things other kids do," she said.
Dr. Kossoy has two trials going now and expects to start four more soon. They see kids as young as six months old. If you want to learn more about them, call 354-9591 ext. 476. You can also learn more about asthma online at www.cdc.gov.
Even if your child has asthma symptoms, but hasn't been officially diagnosed, Dr. Kossoy says you can still contact him about the trials. They may be able to do an evaluation and see if your child qualifies.