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Pediatric Pulmonary Care

If your child has difficulty breathing or problems with his or her lungs like persistent coughing or wheezing, trust UNC Children’s to provide top-quality comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services.

Our pediatric pulmonology program is consistently recognized as one of the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report in its annual list of “America’s Best Children's Hospitals”—and it takes top honors for care in the state. Join families from across North Carolina, neighboring states, and around the world who count on our nationally and internationally known experts to provide the best medical care available.

What We Treat

Pediatric Lung Conditions We Treat

UNC Children’s lung specialists provide expert diagnosis and treatment for children’s pulmonary disorders, including:

  • Airway disorders (congenital or acquired)
  • Asthma – Narrowing of bronchial passages causing difficulty breathing and triggered by many different causes
  • Chronic lung disease of prematurity (Long-term breathing problems in premature babies)
  • Rare lung diseases
    • Cystic fibrosis (CF) – an inherited condition that causes mucus to block the bronchial airways and leads to repeated lung infection, and also causes problems with digestion of foods
    • Primary ciliary dyskinesia (PCD) – Chronic cough and upper respiratory infections caused by malfunctioning cilia, the small hair-like structures that move particles out of the airway
    • Childhood interstitial lung diseases – rare inherited lung disorders of infancy
  • Sleep apnea and other sleep related breathing-disorders
  • Breathing problems associated with neuromuscular weakness
  • Recurrent pneumonia

Learn about UNC Children’s related allergy and immunology services.

Services

Children’s Pulmonary Services

Take advantage of a full range of services to diagnose, manage and treat lung conditions, including:

  • Lung function tests – precisely measures your child’s lung function
  • Flexible bronchoscopy and laryngoscopy – Enables physicians to visually examine the airway or breathing passages from the nose to the bronchial tree
  • Sleep studies – Evaluate your child for sleep-related breathing problems like apnea
  • Treatment and management, including:
    • Airway clearance therapies – Loosens thick, sticky lung mucus, so it can be cleared by coughing
    • Antibiotics – Fight infection-causing bacteria
    • Home mechanical ventilation, including CPAP and BiPAP
    • Nutrition/diet recommendations
    • Oral and inhaled medications
    • Pediatric lung transplant
    • Tracheostomy and chronic ventilator management
    • Noninvasive ventilator support (CPAP, BiPAP)

Lung Function Testing for All Ages

UNC Children’s can provide a complete, accurate assessment of how well your child’s lungs work—even in infants too young for traditional lung function tests.

Our full-service pediatric pulmonary function testing labs—one in Chapel Hill and one in Raleigh—offer a full array of specialized equipment to assess children of all ages, including infants and toddlers.

Care

Coordinated, Multidisciplinary Care

Our pulmonary team will work with you to create the best care plan for your child. Depending on your child’s specific condition, we may also coordinate care with pediatric specialists from:

Treatment & Diagnosis Close to Home

Find expert pediatric pulmonary care close to home. We offer services at three locations in North Carolina:

Ask for a Referral

You’ll need a physician’s referral to see one of UNC Children’s pediatric pulmonary care specialists. If you’re not sure our services are right for your child, we invite you to contact a member of our care team at 919-966-1055. To schedule, cancel, or change appointments please call 984-974-1401. The Raleigh office can be reached at 919-783-7809.

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