Barbara Bush Children's Hospital

Pediatric Aerodigestive Care

MaineHealth Pediatric Specialty Care Aerodigestive Portland provides exceptional care for children with complex problems involving the airway, pulmonary (lung) function, and upper digestive tract. Our dedicated pediatric aerodigestive clinic provides a convenient, one-stop resource for diagnosis and comprehensive treatment.

Expert pediatric aerodigestive care

Our multidisciplinary team includes specialists in pediatric pulmonology, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat care) and gastroenterology. Your child will also benefit from the care of specialized nurses, dietitians, occupational therapists, respiratory therapists, sleep medicine specialists and social workers. 

We work as an integrated team - including parents and referring providers - to determine the most effective treatments and ongoing management of your child’s condition.

  • Chronic airway disorders including tracheostomy, and children requiring ventilation and supplemental oxygen.
  • Anatomic disorders of the pharynx, larynx or esophagus that limit oral feeding.
  • Feeding and swallowing disorders, aspiration, reflux and specialized feeding needs.
  • Neurologic disorders and syndromes that affect breathing and swallowing.

Some of the specific conditions we see include:

  • Apnea
  • Airway obstruction
  • Aspiration
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Bronchomalacia
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Chronic cough or wheezing
  • Craniofacial syndromes that cause airway obstruction and associated feeding problems
  • Dysphagia (swallowing problems)
  • Esophageal atresia
  • Failure to thrive
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Laryngeal cleft
  • Laryngomalacia
  • Motility disorders
  • Subglottic stenosis
  • Tracheomalacia
  • Tracheostomy
  • Vocal cord dysfunction/paralysis