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Pediatric Lung Treatment

Children with respiratory problems are not tiny adults. Because their bodies are still growing and they can’t always answer the doctor’s questions about their symptoms, they require special medical care.

Pediatric Pulmonologist Los Angeles

Because of this they need a board-certified lung, immunology and allergy specialists who knows how to examine and treat young children to ensure they receive the best care possible. LAILA offers some of the top pediatric pulmonologist Los Angeles and Orange County have to offer.

What is a Pediatric Pulmonologist?

Parents who have been referred to a pediatric pulmonologist can rest assured that their child is being treated by a physician who is highly trained and experienced in lung disorders of children. He or she must undergo several years of additional training to qualify as a pediatric pulmonologist and then undergo stringent testing for board certification in pediatrics as well as pediatric pulmonology.

Training requirements

To achieve this certification, the doctor goes through at least 4 years of medical training followed by a 3 year residency program in general pediatrics. It is during this residency program that experience in dealing with infants and small children is gained.

Pediatricians in general must have an ability to read signs and listen to what the child is saying or not saying to be able to diagnose and treat the youngest patients. Those specializing in pulmonology of children must be exceptionally adept at reading signs and gaining cooperation from their tiny patients who can’t understand what is occurring.

For those wishing to specialize in childhood breathing and lung problems, an additional 3 years of specialized training under a lung diseases fellowship program is necessary. With at least 10 years of medical training majorly in pediatrics and childhood lung diseases, your pediatric pulmonologist is abundantly equipped to diagnose and treat these special patients from birth to the age of 21.

Multidisciplinary Care Approach

At our Los Angeles & Orange County clinics, our physicians often collaborate with other medical specialists treating children with related conditions. Children with restricted lung growth due to scoliosis or chest abnormalities will be treated by an orthopedist as well as one of our pediatric pulmonologists. Conditions such as autism, sleep pattern disorders, Muscular Dystrophy and Sickle cell anemia often require the care of a team of specialists. As a highly respected pediatric lung treatment center, we enjoy a robust working relationship with Orange County pediatric specialists.

At the Lung & Allergy Institute of Los Angeles, we offer some of the best pediatric pulmonologists Los Angeles has available to treat the full range of pulmonary and respiratory disorders. We can diagnose and manage among the rarest lung diseases, offer care for infants with lung complications associated with premature births and treat standard conditions including general asthma and allergies. In addition, we offer personalized education and support relating to your child’s disease process, to ensure you and your child are at ease and taken care of every step of the way.

On this page, you’ll find information about a few of the most common child and infant lung conditions for which our Los Angeles pediatric pulmonologist specialists are able to provide advanced treatment and comprehensive care for:

Pediatric Lung Conditions

Asthma

A very common condition affecting children, asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease of the lungs. It causes shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing and chest tightness. At the Lung & Allergy Institute of Los Angeles, our pediatric pulmonologist specialists are vastly experienced in treating both general and severe asthma cases, preventing flare-ups, controlling symptoms and improving your child’s quality of life. To do this, we will work closely with you and your child to avoid known triggers, as well as prescribe important medications to provide instant symptom relief and prevent future attacks.

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Cystic fibrosis

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited disease that newborns are screened for in the United States. If your child is diagnosed with the condition, it will cause their mucus, sweat and digestive juices to become thick and sticky – rather than thin and slippery. Thus, they can’t act as a lubricant as intended, and instead block vital tubes, ducts and passageways in the body, causing damage to the lungs and digestive system. Though there is not yet a cure for cystic fibrosis, our experts are able to provide successful treatment that allows us to manage your child’s symptoms and improve their quality of life.

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Chronic lung disease

Also known as bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), chronic lung disease describes long-term respiratory problems among premature babies. It typically develops due to an injury to a newborn’s delicate lungs after using a mechanical ventilator to breathe properly. The injury can lead to scarring and inflammation in the lungs, causing difficulty breathing. Though this can be a scary diagnosis for parents to receive, with treatment by our specialists at the Lung & Allergy Institute of Los Angeles, most babies are able to recover fully with very few long-term health problems or side effects.

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Bronchiectasis

A progressive lung disease that may be caused by cystic fibrosis, immune deficiency or a birth defect, bronchiectasis develops when a mucus blockage causes your child’s airways to stretch and widen abnormally. Through this process, more mucus collects in the airways, bacteria grows and infection sets in. Though there is no cure for bronchiectasis and any damage caused by the condition is irreversible, our Los Angeles pediatric pulmonologists are able to administer extremely effective treatments that prevent further damage and infections from occurring.

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Pneumonia

Commonly caused by germs, bacteria, fungi and viruses that exist in the air we breathe, pneumonia causes symptoms including fever, sweating, chills, a productive cough, chest pain and shortness of breath. When pneumonia occurs in infants and children, it can be very serious because their immune system is not yet fully developed. As such, it requires immediate medical attention to prevent complications from developing. Fortunately, our pediatric pulmonologist experts at the Lung & Allergy Institute of Los Angeles are vastly experienced in treating mild, moderate and severe cases of pneumonia in children – clearing the infection and restoring their health.

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If your infant or child is suffering from a lung disease or condition, we encourage you to seek treatment with among the best pediatric pulmonologists Orange County & Los Angeles have available as soon as possible. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment, and let us help you treat your child’s condition, prevent complications from developing and restore their quality of life.

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