If your child has breathing problems, or a problem with his or her lungs, a pediatric pulmonologist has the experience and qualifications to treat your child. Pediatric pulmonologists diagnose, treat, and manage children from birth to 21 years old with breathing and lung diseases.
What Kind of Training Do Pediatric Pulmonologists Have?
Pediatric pulmonologists are medical doctors who have had
- At least 4 years of medical school
- Three years of residency training in pediatrics
- At least 3 more years of fellowship training in pediatric pulmonology
- Certification from the American Board of Pediatrics in both pediatrics and the subspecialty of pediatric pulmonology
What Types of Treatment Do Pediatric Pulmonologists Provide?
Pediatric pulmonologists often treat children with the following conditions:
- Chronic cough
- Difficulty breathing
- Recurring pneumonia (infection of the lungs)
- Asthma (chronic inflammation of the airways)
- Cystic fibrosis (a genetic disease with pulmonary and nutritional symptoms)
- Apnea (when a child’s breathing stops for a prolonged time)
- Chronic lung disease in premature infants
- Noisy breathing
- Conditions that require special equipment to monitor and/or help with breathing at home