Pediatric pulmonary care in Brandon, Florida
Brandon Regional Hospital's pediatric pulmonologists provide care for children with breathing conditions, such as asthma and chronic bronchitis. Our experienced staff diagnoses and treats pulmonary conditions using advanced minimally invasive techniques.
To learn more about the pulmonary care offered at our hospital, please call our Consult-A-Nurse® team at (813) 653-1065.
Pediatric pulmonary conditions we treat
When your child has chronic breathing issues, it can be a very unsettling situation. Fortunately, the dedicated pulmonary staff at our pediatric center can put you and your child at ease. Our specialists are extensively experienced in treating pediatric respiratory conditions, including:
- Asthma: Swelling and narrowing of the airways causing extra mucus to form
- Chronic bronchitis: Inflammation of the bronchial tubes causing mucus and shortness of breath
- Chronic aspiration: Child is breathing objects into their airways, often blood, food, saliva or stomach contents when they swallow, vomit or experience heartburn
- Chronic wheezing: High-pitched whistling sound made when a child breathes, commonly in children with asthma or allergies
- Difficulty swallowing: Also referred to as dysphagia, condition is caused by inflammation of the esophagus and scleroderma (condition that causes tissues of the esophagus to become hard and narrow); can also be caused by esophageal tumors, masses on the esophagus and certain problems with the nervous system such as multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy
- Stridor: Wheezing caused by obstructed airflow; causes include an object blocking the airway, swelling in the throat, trauma to the airway, croup (viral respiratory infection), bronchitis (inflammation of airways leading to lungs), tonsillitis (inflammation of lymph nodes at back of mouth and throat) and epiglottis (inflammation of tissue covering the windpipe).
- Unexplained or chronic cough: Unexplained chronic cough that can be caused by asthma
Pediatric pulmonology health services
Our pediatric pulmonary surgeons and staff are used advanced techniques to perform these procedures:
- Adenoidectomy: Procedure to remove adenoids to treat nasal breathing issues, chronic infections or recurrent earaches
- Bronchoscopy: Endoscopic technique to visualize the inside of the airways for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. It is done by performing a tracheostomy (a procedure to create an opening in the neck in order to place a tube in the windpipe)
- Myringotomy: A surgical procedure in which a tiny incision is created in the eardrum to relieve pressure caused by an excessive buildup of fluid or to drain pus from the middle ear
- Triple endoscopy: Procedure to evaluate the pharynx (throat), larynx (voice box), esophagus, trachea (windpipe) and bronchi (large air tubes leading that carry air to the lungs)
In addition to providing pediatric pulmonary care, our Pediatric Aerodigestive Center provides pediatric gastroenterology services, including treatment for reflux.
Your child's pediatric hospital stay
We use advanced techniques to help our patients recover quickly, however, most patients will need to stay at least one night at the pediatric center following a procedure. To help children feel comfortable, we encourage and welcome parents or guardians to stay with their children overnight.
When to seek emergency pediatric help
Children can't always communicate when something is wrong, so it is important to recognize symptoms requiring emergency medical attention. Seek emergency help if your child displays any of the following signs:
- Breathing that is faster than normal or harder without exertion
- One side of the chest or abdomen going up while the other goes down
- Bluish color to the lips or skin
- Persistent cough or wheezing
- High-pitched squeaky sound in the upper airway