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Pediatric Pulmonary Specialist

Houston Specialty Clinic

Pediatric Neurology, Pediatric Pulmonary, and Sleep Medicine located in Houston, Sugar Land, and Katy, TX

Lung and breathing problems can have a lasting impact on your child’s health as they grow and develop. At Houston Specialty Clinic in Houston and Sugar Land, Texas, pediatric pulmonologist Sarat Susarla, MD, provides safe and effective pediatric pulmonary care for a wide range of breathing problems. To speak with Dr. Susarla about your child’s health, call today.

Pediatric Pulmonary Q & A

What are some common pediatric breathing problems?

If your child has trouble breathing, several conditions could play a role. 

Asthma

Asthma is a chronic condition that commonly affects infants and children. Asthma causes the airways to narrow, making it difficult for your child to breathe normally. Among a number of common asthma symptoms are wheezing, coughing, labored or rapid breathing, and fatigue. Although there is no cure for asthma, a number of safe and effective treatments can help get your child’s asthma under control. 

Obstructive sleep apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when your child’s breathing stops or is reduced repeatedly while they’re asleep. Obstructive sleep apnea is caused by narrowing or blockage to the upper airways. In many cases, pediatric obstructive sleep apnea develops from enlarged tonsils and adenoids. However, sleep apnea may be caused by other causes of obstruction in the upper airway and is more common in overweight and obese children.  Obstructive sleep apnea can prevent your child from getting enough oxygen, which can result in heart and blood pressure problems when severe.  P  However, most children will have unexplained sleepiness, symptoms of inattentiveness or hyperactivity, and issues with their development.

If your child suffers from sleep apnea, you may notice symptoms like snoring, mouth breathing, sleep terrors, or difficulty learning or performing well in school. Early diagnosis is key to preventing serious complications and improving your child’s health. 

Dr. Susarla also provides testing and treatment for issues like chronic coughing, noisy breathing, and pneumonia. If your child suffers from breathing problems, Dr. Susarla offers advanced testing and a number of safe and effective treatments. 

 

How is my child’s condition diagnosed?

To diagnose your child’s breathing problem, Dr. Susarla begins with a physical exam and discussion of their symptoms and medical history. Depending on your child’s condition, Dr. Susarla may conduct additional tests like:

  • Blood testing
  • tImaging studies (X-ray and CT scans)
  • Lung function testing
  • Overnight sleep testing or “Polysomnography”
  • Bronchoscopy

An accurate diagnosis helps ensure your child receives the appropriate care as soon as possible. Once your child is diagnosed, Dr. Susarla works with you to determine the most effective treatment. 

 

What treatments are available?

Houston Specialty Clinic offers some of the safest and most advanced treatments for pediatric breathing problems. Depending on your child’s diagnosis, Dr. Susarla may recommend:

  • Oral medication
  • Inhaled corticosteroids
  • Oral appliances
  • Nebulizer therapy
  • CPAP/BIPAP (continuous/bilevel positive airway pressure) therapy

To find out which treatment is right for your child, call Houston Specialty Clinic.

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