Pediatric Pulmonary & Pediatric Critical Care Laguna Beach

What is Pediatric Pulmonary?

Pulmonary means the field of medicine relating to lung and respiratory disorders. Working with general pediatrics, pulmonary pediatricians treat a wide range of pulmonary disorders. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Asthma
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Chronic Cough
  • Exercise intolerance
  • Exercise induced Asthma
  • Noisy breathing / Stridor
  • Congenital Lung Problem
  • Apnea
  • Breathing Problems
  • Flexible Broncoscopy
  • Pediatric Pneumonia

Pulmonary Problems in Infants

Much of the focus of pulmonary rehabilitation, research and pulmonary medicine goes toward the youngest members of society- the newborns. For example, the cause of pulmonary stenosis is due to improper pulmonary valve development in the first eight weeks of fetal growth.

It’s congenital but treatable. With a sound pulmonary stenosis diagnosis the heart valve can be replaced or repaired and children can grow to lead normal healthy lives.

Sleep apnea affects premature babies. A situation called apnea of prematurity exists when the child doesn’t breath for 20 seconds or more. It’s a pulmonary disease that can be treated with ventilation machines and medications. Thankfully, most premature children grow out of it when they reach 36 months.

Pediatric Asthma

Affecting more than 6 million of the youngest members of our society, asthma remains one of the major chronic diseases for children in America today. Although, the definite reasons haven’ been determined yet, the number of asthma cases have been increasing especially among African-American and Puerto Rican males.

However, the good news is that the number of deaths from asthma has been on a steady decline.

Some of the goals of leading pediatric pulmonary centers today are to treat
asthma sufferers as follows:

  • Improve exercise tolerance in children
  • Diagnose and characterize the disease severity in the patient
  • Prevent a sedentary or inactive lifestyle because of the disease
  • Ensure that the patient and parents understand asthma and how to manage it
  • Decrease the duration and severity of asthma attacks
  • Decrease the incidence of symptoms which may affect the child’s sleep quality

Pediatric Critical Care

  • Pediatric emergencies
  • Pneumonia
  • Respiratory failure
  • Pediatric in-patient and critical care
  • Sepsis
  • Head Trauma & Concussion