Pediatric Pulmonology

Pediatric pulmonology is a specialty that tends to children with breathing and lung problems. Children’s bodies are still developing and need special care to fix problems that affect their body. Pediatric pulmonologists are trained to look at young lungs and find and treat problems.

What is pediatric pulmonology?

Pediatric pulmonology focuses on the evaluation and treatment of children with lung problems and lung diseases. Conditions can include:

  • Apnea
  • Asthma
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Chronic cough
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Pneumonia

Pediatric pulmonologists are doctors with additional training in caring for lung problems in children. Your primary care provider may refer your child to a pediatric pulmonologist to evaluate and provide treatment for lung problems.

Pediatric pulmonology treatment

Different methods, lifestyle changes, devices and procedures can help relieve, treat, and manage pulmonary issues. Examples include:

  • Airway clearance devices
  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Asthma education
  • Bronchoscopic lavage
  • Home ventilator management
  • Lung exercise and rehabilitation
  • Special feeding and nutrition programs
  • Surfactant replacement therapy

Maine’s only cystic fibrosis clinic

The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital has Maine’s only cystic fibrosis clinic. The clinic is geared toward helping families learn how to live with cystic fibrosis, treating and evaluating patients, and providing emergency care.