Respiratory Conditions

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The Respiratory Medicine division offers comprehensive consultative services for diagnosis and treatment of infants, children and adolescents with a variety of acute and chronic respiratory diseases.

What We Treat

Supportive care provided for inpatients with:

  • Asthma
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Upper airway obstruction
  • Foreign body aspiration
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Interstitial lung disease
  • Pulmonary hypertension
  • Acute lung injury
  • ARDS
  • Pleural effusions and empyema
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Congenital abnormalities of the lungs, airways and chest wall

Services and Support

Respiratory conditions vary immensely in their symptoms and treatment. At Children’s Health℠, we have the specialized experts and technology necessary to treat children facing many complex conditions. This includes rare diseases, such as childhood interstitial lung disease (chILD), a group of conditions that decrease the oxygen supply to a child’s body. We coordinate with the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to address serious newborn conditions, such as bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), which typically affects extremely premature infants receiving oxygen therapy.

The physicians who practice at Children’s Health also provide surgical experience in cases such as congenital lung disorders, in which surgery to remove cysts or other malformations is performed on babies before their first birthday, allowing for normal lung development to follow.

Through many support services, we prepare and empower families to provide the best care for their kids. For example, we offer American Heart Association Friends and Family CPR training for families with children who are at a high risk of facing a life-threatening event. Home care education and training cover respiratory therapy, ventilator care, tracheostomy care, asthma management and CPR.

We serve inpatient, day surgery and outpatient needs, including therapy services, such as  medical gas therapy, aerosol drug administration, bronchial hygiene procedures, and conventional and high-frequency oscillatory mechanical ventilator support and care.

Respiratory therapists, physicians, nurses and student respiratory therapists turn to our experts to provide professional education and consultation services, a testament to our skill and field leadership. Our staff, through partnership with UT Southwestern, support respiratory-related research activities in pursuit of even better care for kids.

Why Children’s?

Childhood respiratory disorders sometimes require complex surgical and emergency interventions, along with long-term management plans and the support of an engaged, multispecialty care team. We’re experienced in the full spectrum of care at Children’s Health. For more than a century, the physicians who practice at Children’s Health have shared their compassion and expertise to better the health of children.

We have grown into the fifth-largest and second-busiest pediatric health care provider in the nation, and U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks us as one of the top pediatric hospitals in the country. Children's Health can provide the comprehensive and individualized care necessary to help your child live a full, active life. 

National Recognition

When you entrust your child’s care to Children’s Health, your family’s multifaceted needs will be met by a team of caring specialists nationally recognized for their respiratory care expertise.

In 2013, our Asthma Management Program received its sixth consecutive Disease Management Certification from The Joint Commission in 2013. As the nation's predominant standard-setting accrediting and certifying regulatory body in healthcare, The Joint Commission Disease-Specific Care certification evaluates the disease management and chronic care services provided by a facility. The Children’s Health Asthma Management Program was the first in Texas to receive certification by The Joint Commission for disease-specific care for pediatric asthma initiatives.

Children’s Health Cystic Fibrosis Program is affiliated with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and is one of the foundation’s recognized care centers.