What is a Pediatric Pulmonologist?

Pediatric pulmonologists are pediatricians specially trained to diagnose, treat, and manage children from birth to 18 years old with breathing disorders and lung diseases.

How do I know if my child has asthma?

Symptoms of asthma can be mild or severe. Children may have no symptoms; severe, daily symptoms; or something in between. How often your child has symptoms can also change. Symptoms of asthma may include:

  • Wheezing, which is a whistling noise of varying loudness that occurs when the airways of the lungs (bronchial tubes) narrow.
  • Coughing, which is the only symptom for some people. A persistent night-time cough is one common sign of asthma, even in children without other symptoms.
  • Chest tightness
  • Shortness of breath, which is rapid, shallow breathing or difficulty breathing, even at rest.
  • Sleep disturbance because of coughing or having a hard time breathing.
  • Tiring quickly during exercise.

Your pulmonologist may recommend a type of test called a PFT (pulmonary function test) to help diagnose asthma in your child.