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Pediatric Pulmonology

 Lung problems that make it hard to breathe can take some of the fun out of being a kid. The experts at Baystate Pediatric Pulmonology can help. We’ll make sure you have the education and resources you need to care for your child at home, at school, and on the go.

Our board-certified pediatric lung specialists, nurses, respiratory therapists, nutritionists, social workers, and child life specialists work together to diagnose and treat lung problems in children, including:

  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Childhood asthma
  • Childhood interstitial lung disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Pneumonia

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EXPERT CARE FOR YOUR CHILD’S LUNG DISEASE

To assess and diagnose your child’s condition, we use pulmonary function testing (PFT) along with other diagnostic tests. Then we work closely with you, your child, and your child’s pediatrician to create the right treatment plan.

If your child has cystic fibrosis (CF), you can rely on Baystate Pediatric Pulmonology — a Cystic Fibrosis Care Center. This means the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation has assessed our program and determined it offers the best care, treatment, and support for children with CF.

We are also experienced in working with children who need ventilation or a tracheostomy.

FOCUSED ON YOUR CHILD’S COMFORT

Whether you’re visiting Baystate Pediatric Pulmonology or Baystate Children’s Hospital, you can expect comprehensive, compassionate care in an environment that’s just right for kids.

With a welcoming and bright atmosphere, our facilities are specially designed for children. And our team is focused on your child’s health and comfort.

In-Hospital Breathing Care

If your child does need inpatient care for breathing problems, Baystate Children’s Hospital located within Baystate Medical Center offers a dedicated unit for children and adolescents. In case of emergencies, we also provide the region’s only pediatric emergency department, the Sadowsky Family Pediatric Emergency Department.

Advanced Testing Technology

We diagnose, treat, and manage breathing conditions for your baby, child, or teen, such as:

  • Asthma – lifelong disease that causes recurring symptoms of cough, wheezing, chest tightness, and breathlessness
  • Cystic fibrosis – genetic defect that causes thick, sticky mucus to build up in the lungs
  • Muscular dystrophy – gradual weakening of the muscles, including those used for breathing
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia – scarring in a newborn’s lungs

Evaluation & Treatment of Lung Conditions

We use state-of-the-art technology to diagnose your child’s lung disease, including:

  • Exhaled nitric oxide measurement
  • Flexible bronchoscopy
  • Lung function testing including routine spirometry and oscillometry
  • Lung volume and diffusion capacity testing
  • Outpatient flexible bronchoscopy
  • Pediatric sleep evaluations
  • Pulmonary exercise testing
  • Sweat testing for cystic fibrosis

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