Our pulmonary specialists (lung and respiratory care doctors known as pulmonologists) treat infants, children, and teens with diseases of the lungs and airways in family-friendly outpatient and inpatient environments. And because these diseases can affect other parts of the body, we work closely with specialists across Nemours. Together, our teams are dedicated to giving each child comprehensive and convenient care.
Our pulmonary specialists evaluate and care for children with conditions such as:
- airway obstruction
- apnea (brief pauses in breathing, usually during sleep)
- asthma (a lung condition that causes difficulty breathing)
- bronchopulmonary dysplasia (inflammation and scarring in the lungs that develops in premature babies after being on a ventilator for a prolonged period of time)
- cystic fibrosis (a chronic genetic disorder that leads to excess mucus in the lungs along with other findings)
- chronic cough
- muscular dystrophy
- recurrent pneumonia (lung infection)
- sleep-related breathing problems
- ventilator dependence
- tracheostomy (a surgical procedure that creates an opening in the windpipe when breathing is obstructed)
- tuberculosis (a specific type of bacterial infection of the lungs)
- RSV (respiratory syncytial virus), a virus that is particularly dangerous to premature babies
Phone: (407) 650-7000
- photo ID
- medical and pharmacy insurance cards
- preferred pharmacy name and phone number
- names and dosage of all medications, including over-the-counter medication, your child is currently taking
- guardianship and custody papers, if a legal guardian rather than a parent accompanies your child
Pediatric pulmonary specialists (pulmonologists — lung and respiratory care doctors) at Nemours Children’s Clinic, Orlando, evaluate, diagnose, treat, and provide long-term management for infants, children, and teenagers with a variety of lung and airway diseases.
We offer services unique to the region including:
- Nationally recognized aerosol laboratory, which helps improve treatment for children with asthma, many of whom are prescribed aerosol medications (fine particles of medicine contained in a gas, usually air). It can be hard for these children to get complete benefit from these medications because the nebulizers and inhalers used to administer them can deliver particles that are too large to get into children’s lungs and do their work. Researchers in our aerosol laboratory study how to make these medicines work better by determining the right amount and size of particles that are needed to effectively treat children.
- Severe asthma management program
- Central Florida’s only comprehensive neonatal RSV (respiratory syncytial virus) prevention program. RSV is a type of virus that affects the upper airway and lungs. The virus can be serious in young babies and children with other medical problems. Our program is aimed at preventing the virus in premature babies.
- Pediatric sleep center
Our doctors are also available to consult with other specialists at Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital.
Respiratory Therapy Team
Our pulmonary specialists and nurses work hand in hand with certified respiratory therapists.
These specialists provide a variety of services including:
- supplying medical gases needed for treatment
- managing ventilator support
- giving aerosol medications
- performing pulmonary function testing
- educating families about equipment provided for home use
Our Goal for Your Child
No matter what your child’s condition, we recognize the importance of the family in the care and healing process. Because many of the children we see have chronic (long-term) illnesses that require repeated visits, we are committed to building strong relationships with families. We’re also committed to teaching our patients and their families about their condition and how best to manage it. Through education, we can help improve your child’s quality of life, and also often decrease the number of school days your child misses as well as the number of times he or she requires emergency hospital care.