A pediatric pulmonologist specializes in the medical care of infants, children and adolescents with diseases and conditions of the lungs. Pediatric pulmonologists diagnose and treat many respiratory diseases, including asthma, pneumonia, cystic fibrosis, and lung and breathing conditions of premature infants. Pediatric pulmonologists are also experts in helping children to live better with chronic lung disease and in preventing permanent lung damage.
A pediatric pulmonologist typically:
Evaluates a child’s medical history and educates the family about lung and respiratory health and disease prevention
Performs physical exams that include evaluation of blood pressure, vital signs, and the health of the lungs and respiratory tract
Orders and interprets laboratory and imaging tests and prescribes medications
Diagnoses and treats acute and chronic diseases and conditions that affect the lungs and respiratory tract including cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, and underdeveloped lungs in premature infants
Monitors conditions that increase the risk of permanent lung damage, including asthma and pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the arteries that bring blood to your lungs)
Performs procedures including bronchoscopy and intubation with mechanical ventilation
Provides direct care for lung and respiratory conditions in the office and in the hospital
Works closely with your child’s pediatrician or family doctor and other specialists and members of your child’s healthcare team to provide optimal care
Pediatric pulmonologists may also be known by the following names: children’s lung doctor, pediatric lung specialist, pediatric lung doctor, and children’s lung specialist.
There are 1183 specialists practicing Pediatric Pulmonology in the United States with an overall average rating of 4.2 stars. There are 281 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Pediatric Pulmonology specialists, including Boston Children's Hospital, Children's Medical Center of Dallas and Childrens Medical Center Plano.