Pediatric Lung & Breathing Care
Helping Your Child Breathe Easier
Help your child breathe easier with complete respiratory care from birth to young adulthood at University Children’s Health in San Antonio. You have access to advanced treatment based on the latest research that isn’t available at other hospitals.
Our pulmonologists (lung doctors) work together to develop the best care plan, so your child can grow up as healthy and strong as possible.
When to Seek Respiratory Care
Talk to your pediatrician if your child has any of these symptoms:
- Coughing for more than two weeks
- Waking up during the night gasping for air
- Wheezing or shortness of breath
- Repeated infections of the lungs
- An abnormal newborn screen for cystic fibrosis
Your child’s primary care provider will refer you to a pulmonologist for specialized care if necessary.
Your Appointment with a Lung Specialist
Your pulmonologist will take as much time as needed to understand your child’s symptoms, answer your questions and make you and your child feel comfortable.
Usually, the doctor will perform a physical exam and order tests to learn more about your child’s condition and make a diagnosis. Then, you’ll explore treatment options and lifestyle changes to make your child feel better.
Conditions We Treat
Find a diagnosis, treatment and expert help to manage respiratory conditions such as:
- Allergies and asthma
- Trouble breathing due to neuromuscular disease
- Chronic (long-lasting) bronchitis
- Cystic fibrosis
- Repeated episodes of pneumonia
- Repeated episodes of sinusitis
- Sleep apnea
- Need for mechanical ventilation
- Chronic lung disease due to prematurity
- Dependence on oxygen because of lung problems
Lung conditions are sometimes related to illnesses affecting the sinuses, heart, blood vessels, digestive system and other parts of the body.
University Children’s Health gives your child access to a complete team of experts, including pediatric:
- Allergists and immunologists
- Cardiologists (heart doctors)
- Dietitians (nutrition specialists)
- Ear, nose and throat specialists
- Gastroenterologists (digestive health specialists)
- Respiratory therapists
- Social workers
These specialists work together to make sure your family receives all the services and support you need over the long term.