If your child is having difficulty breathing, nothing is more important than relieving his or her respiratory distress. Pediatric pulmonology is the specialty of medicine concerned with diseases of the lungs and respiratory tract in infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
Common conditions treated include asthma, pneumonia, wheezing, and bronchitis. Pediatric pulmonologists often work with neonatologists in caring for premature babies with respiratory conditions. Pulmonary specialists work closely with your child's pediatrician and other specialists to restore them to complete respiratory health.
Pediatric pulmonologists at Cohen Children’s have the expertise to diagnose, evaluate and treat children who suffer from a variety of breathing and lung disorders. Among the breathing conditions we treat are a recurrent and chronic cough and wheezing, breathing problems in sleep, and recurrent pneumonia. We also treat cystic fibrosis, apnea, chronic lung disease in premature infants, noisy breathing and conditions that require special equipment to monitor and/or help with breathing at home.
Our board-certified pediatric pulmonologists have extensive, highly specialized training and experience in managing the treatment of young patients with pulmonary issues. Our multidisciplinary team includes pediatric specialists, pediatric clinical nurse specialists, respiratory technicians and other pulmonary health professionals to ensure the most comprehensive evaluations and effective treatments to help children, and their parents, breathe easier.
The healthcare professionals on our Pediatric Pulmonology staff have all been chosen for their expertise, skills and experience and their compassionate commitment to care for children.
What we treat
Advances in research and technology have enhanced the effectiveness of pulmonary diagnosis and testing, resulting in innovative treatment of pediatric pulmonology conditions and acute and chronic respiratory diseases in children. For example, pulmonary function testing provides invaluable measurements of lung function, such as the speed at which air comes out of the lungs, the size of the lungs, how the air moves from the lungs into the blood vessels and changes in lung function due to ongoing therapy or new medications.
The Division of Pediatric Pulmonology specializes in providing comprehensive pediatric pulmonology treatments for children with respiratory disorders and symptoms, including:
- Aspiration pneumonia
- Asthma, chronic cough, recurrent wheezing
- Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
- Ciliary disorders, impaired mucociliary clearance
- Cor pulmonale
- Cystic fibrosis
- Laryngotracheobroncho malacia
- Muscular dystrophy, neuromuscular disorders, muscular weakness
- Pulmonary dysfunction associated with other illnesses
- Pulmonary fibrosis/Interstitial lung disease
- Recurrent pneumonia
- Restrictive lung disease
- Sleep apnea/breathing disorders
- Tuberculosis (TB)
Our dedicated team of pediatric pulmonary specialists is committed to healing your child's respiratory difficulties. We provide inpatient or outpatient consultation, individualized pediatric pulmonology treatment plans and extensive patient follow-up. When necessary, our pediatric pulmonologists work closely with other subspecialists, as well as with your child's regular pediatrician.
We use advanced technology and state-of-the-art equipment to determine your child's level of pulmonary function. Our pulmonary function laboratory is fully equipped to test breathing capacity and staffed by respiratory technicians who work exclusively with children. We understand that in medical situations, children have different needs from adults. We also use specialized flexible bronchoscopes for children, which allow us to better visualize a child's airways from the nose to the small bronchial tubes. Samples for culture and other special tests can be taken from your child’s lungs. Radiologic tests are done through the Department of Pediatric Radiology, and results are reviewed by our pediatric pulmonologists.
What to expect
In preparation for your visit, please bring any information you may have about your child’s conditions, such as recent lab test results or copies of any recent chest X-rays. Also, bring any medicines, inhalers, spacers or peak flow meters that have been prescribed for your child. If you have taken notes or written down any observations about your child’s conditions, please share these with the doctor. It’s our goal to get your child back to normal breathing as quickly as possible.