Paediatric Pulmonology deals with breathing and lung problems in children and young adults. A paediatric pulmonologist specialises in treating, diagnosing, and managing these problems among children from birth and up to 21 years of old. If your child is facing any difficulties in breathing, then you should contact your nearest paediatric pulmonologist with good years of experience. Paediatric Pulmonology in Yeshawanthpur, Bangalore is available at Manipal Hospitals, visit today.
When to see a Paediatric Pulmonologist?
Lung damage occurring in the early years of life can affect subsequent lung growth and development, causing patients several lung diseases in adult life. You must take your children to a Paediatric Pulmonologist if they are facing the following problems,
Trouble in breathing
Frequent lung infections and pneumonia (fluid in the lungs)
Conditions treated by Paediatric Pulmonologists
Paediatric Pulmonologists treat children with a broad range of breathing problems, from newborns with chronic lung disease to children with rare disorders.
Difficulty in breathing.
Chronic cough - Cough that lasts for 8 weeks or longer. Its symptoms may include a stuffy or runny nose, shortness of breath, extra mucus in the back of the throat, wheezing, or heartburn.
Recurring pneumonia (infection of lungs) - A variety of organisms, including bacteria, viruses and fungi, can cause pneumonia.
Asthma - It is the condition when your child's lungs and airways react to certain triggers by making extra mucus and swelling. It can cause difficulty breathing, wheezing, or coughing. Dust, smoke, mildew, animals, pollen, exercise, or stress can also trigger asthma.
Sleep Apnea (breathing stopped for a prolonged time) - It is a serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. The main types of sleep apnea are Obstructive sleep apnea, Central sleep apnea, and Complex sleep apnea syndrome.
Cystic fibrosis is an inherited condition with pulmonary symptoms that causes an excessive mucus buildup in the lungs.
Chronic lung disease in premature infants.
Technology-dependent breathing - Conditions that require special equipment to monitor and/or help with breathing at home.
Services in Paediatric Pulmonology include
Pulmonary Function Testing
This testing is done to measure the amount of air in the lungs and how well the lungs are functioning in moving the air in and out of them. It can be done in various ways among different age groups of children.
Flexible Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy (FFB)
It allows pulmonologists to look inside the lungs with a fiberoptic scope. They examine the breathing passage (airway) of the lungs. It can be a diagnostic procedure or a therapeutic procedure, depending on the condition of the patient.
Allergy testing, chest X-ray, bloodwork, etc.
A nebuliser is a small machine that turns liquid medicine into a mist. The child will breathe in a mist that sends medicine directly to his lungs.
a treatment that vibrates the rib cage to break up the mucus in his lungs
CPAP and BiPAP
Machines that use air to assist with breathing during sleep. A BiPAP delivers higher air pressure when you breathe in. The CPAP delivers the same amount of pressure at all times.
Home oxygen or ventilator use in severe cases
Where to find a Paediatric Pulmonologist?
Paediatric Pulmonologists practice in children's hospitals, university medical centres, community hospitals, and personal clinics. Remember, it is best to treat pulmonary diseases at the early stages, even when your child is showing mild symptoms. Book an appointment today at Manipal Hospitals for best treatment.