Pediatric Pulmonology

If your child experiences difficulty breathing, a chronic cough, or other symptoms of pediatric pulmonary problems, you can turn to the pediatric experts at Newport Children’s Medical Group for help. At their locations in Newport Beach, Irvine, Costa Mesa, and Laguna Beach, California, they treat asthma, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, and other disorders using advanced lung and breathing treatments. Schedule an appointment with Newport Children’s Medical Group by phone today.

Pediatric Pulmonary Patient Q & A

What is pediatric pulmonology?

Pediatric pulmonary services available at Newport Children’s Medical Group treat conditions that cause breathing and lung problems in children. Examples include:

  • Pediatric asthma
  • Exercise-induced asthma
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Pneumonia
  • Bronchitis
  • Lung disorders
  • Disordered breathing during sleep
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Allergic reactions

Seeking treatment for pulmonary problems in children can improve their quality of life and prevent serious complications.

What are the symptoms of pediatric pulmonary problems?

If your child exhibits one or more of the following symptoms, they might have a pediatric pulmonary condition requiring treatment.

  • Labored breathing
  • Chronic coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Chest tightness
  • Noisy breathing
  • Recurring pneumonia
  • Difficulty breathing at night
  • Rapid breathing
  • Chest retractions

Simple solutions at Newport Children’s Medical Group can help treat these and other potentially life-threatening pulmonary and breathing problems.

How are pulmonary conditions diagnosed in children by our specialists?

To diagnose pulmonary problems in children, Newport Children’s Medical Group pulmonology specialists review their medical history and ask questions about their symptoms. They might complete:

  • Lung function and other breathing tests
  • Sweat tests to detect cystic fibrosis
  • Inhaled nitrous oxide tests
  • Genetic testing
  • Allergy skin tests
  • Lung biopsies
  • Chest X-rays
  • Bronchoscopy

Bronchoscopy allows your child’s practitioner to view the inside of air passages using a tiny flexible tube and camera, to make a more accurate diagnosis.

Your child’s pediatrician uses diagnostic tests to develop a personalized pulmonary treatment plan to alleviate symptoms and restore their quality of life.

What are pediatric pulmonary treatments?

Your child’s pediatric pulmonary treatment depends on the type of lung condition they have and its severity. Newport Children’s Medical Group specialists might recommend using:

  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Oxygen therapy
  • Medications
  • Lung infection immunization
  • Pulmonary rehabilitation
  • An inhaler

Anti-inflammatory medicines help reduce airway inflammation, and bronchodilators can relax and widen your child’s airways. They might require an inhaler during certain times of the year or with physical activity to help them breathe easier.

During pulmonary rehabilitation, your child completes breathing exercises that help loosen mucus and optimize breathing. They might also receive nutritional counseling and education about their condition.

Contact our pulmonary specialists today

Don’t let your child struggle with breathing when simple treatments are available. At the first sign of a pediatric pulmonology disorder, schedule an appointment with the pediatric pulmonologists at Newport Children’s Medical Group over the phone today.

Doctors Who Specialize In:

Pediatric Pulmonary Care

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M.D., FAAP, Pediatrician