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Pediatric Pulmonary and Respiratory Care

Lung and Respiratory Care for Asthma and Other Infections

Pediatric Pulmonologists treat diseases in the lungs. These problems affect a child's overall health and well-being. The most common pulmonary diseases in children are: asthma, allergies, pneumonia and other respiratory tract infections, chronic cough, sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. East Tennessee Children’s Hospital treats all of these conditions and more in children.


Asthma affects more than 7 million children nationwide. It can be managed in most children if treated properly. The Pulmonology Department at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital specializes in the testing and treatment of asthma in children. For more information, please refer to the Children's Hospital Asthma Handbook:

Common signs and symptoms of asthma include:

  • Continued cough
  • Wheezing
  • Difficulty breathing when exercising
  • Coughing during the night
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing

Common causes of asthma in children include:

  • Tobacco smoke
  • Respiratory viral infections
  • Exercise
  • Environmental allergens
  • Dust
  • Mold or mildew
  • Strong odors, such as perfumes or cleaning agents
  • Cold air

Asthma triggers are specific to each child, but being around second-hand smoke is highly harmful to a child with asthma. Pulmonologists at Children's Hospital can give you advice about reducing triggers at home and in school.

Cystic Fibrosis

A cystic fibrosis diagnosis can be scary for a child and family. The pulmonology team at Children's Hospital takes time to work with you and your child from the CF testing process to managing the disease every day. They will combine airway clearance techniques, medication and antibiotics and nutrition plans to decrease hospital stays and keep your child's lungs healthy.

Learn More about Cystic Fibrosis Care

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