It is simply a fact: children’s lungs get sick. It’s one of the main reasons so many young patients come to The Woman’s Hospital of Texas Pediatric Center. And, it’s why we provide top notch, expert, board-certified pulmonary doctors for children in our emergency room, NICU, PICU and Pediatric Center.
Our pediatric pulmonology team works with patients on both an inpatient and outpatient basis, providing care for chronic conditions and evaluating patients who have lung and breathing-related concerns.
Because we’re a children’s hospital, our equipment is specifically designed for children, leading to more accurate tests and more comfortable procedures. We also provide a continuum of care not typically available outside of children’s hospitals.
As always at The Woman’s Hospital of Texas Pediatric Center, our pulmonology team delivers family-centered care and services in a compassionate and nurturing environment.
Lung Conditions in Children
Pediatric pulmonologists are doctors and surgeons who are specially trained to diagnose, treat and manage children with breathing disorders and lung disease. Our experienced pediatric pulmonologists evaluate and treat children, from newborns to adolescents, for the following pulmonary conditions:
- Asthma (chronic inflammation of airways)
- Sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea or snoring
- Broncho-pulmonary dysplasia (BPD), a chronic lung disease that can occur in babies born before their lungs are fully developed
- Breathing problems, such as wheezing, that keep reoccurring
- Multiple lung infections, such as pneumonia
- Chronic or habit cough
- Suspected object breathed into airways
- Vocal cord dysfunction
- Exercise-related breathing problems
- Conditions that require special equipment to monitor and/or help with breathing at home
- Tracheostomy care and management
On Site Pediatric Pulmonology Services
At the Pediatric Center, pulmonary neurologists, nurses and technicians use the latest medical techniques to diagnose and treat lung conditions in children. The following tests and procedures are performed on-site, to diagnose and treat respiratory disease in children:
- Pulmonary function testing
- Flexible bronchoscopy
- Outpatient and inpatient multichannel testing on infants, also called OCRG (oxycardiorespirogram)
- Polysomnography (sleep study) interpretation
- Simple exercise testing
- Pulse oximetry
When to see a Pediatric Pulmonologist
Your child’s pediatrician may recommend seeing a pulmonary specialist for a variety of conditions or concerns. A child might also see a pediatric pulmonologist as part of an Emergency Room (ER) visit. Here are some signs and symptoms that indicate a child might benefit from seeing a pediatric pulmonary specialist:
- Wheezing – a whistling noise that occurs when the airways of the lungs (bronchial tubes) narrow.
- Persistent coughing, especially at night.
- Chest tightness
- Shortness of breath (short, shallow breathing), especially if it happens even when the child is at rest.
- Sleep disturbance because of coughing, or difficulty breathing.
- Tiring quickly during exercise.
- Snoring or mouth breathing during sleep
- Frequent tossing and turning in bed
- Long pauses in breathing during sleep
- Night sweats (which can happen when a child’s body is trying harder to breathe)
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