Pediatric Asthma and Respiratory | Pediatrics


Pediatric Asthma and Respiratory

We offer nationally recognized care for common and complex issues affecting the lungs and airways of infants, children and adolescents. Our pediatric pulmonary team provides the services your child needs, including advanced tests and treatments.

Medically reviewed by Kiran Nandalike, M.D. on Nov. 03, 2023.

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Comprehensive Pediatric Pulmonary Care

At UC Davis Health, our board-certified pediatric lung specialists (pulmonologists) deliver research-based care that helps more children breathe and sleep better. Families regionwide come to us seeking help for children with conditions including asthma, cystic fibrosis, lung disease and sleep disorders. We are recognized leaders in the field, capable of treating the most complex cases.

Our Difference

National Recognition

UC Davis Health ranks among the nation’s top pediatric pulmonology and lung surgery programs, according to U.S. News & World Report. We maintain this distinction because we regularly treat common and complex cases in children, successfully manage ongoing conditions and have low complication rates.

Seamless, Specialized Care

Your child receives more of the pulmonary disease and sleep medicine services they need from a team that genuinely cares about children. We provide coordinated care with the same specialists in the hospital and our specialty programs and clinics, so you can focus on your child. This approach helps us manage difficult-to-treat conditions and prevent avoidable hospitalizations.

Advancing Research

We constantly advance pediatric asthma care by assessing current evaluation methods to ensure consistency and precision. Our specialists explore new treatments through clinical trials, which offer promising new options yet to be widely available.


What Is Pediatric Pulmonary Disease?

Pediatric pulmonary disease covers a range of respiratory disorders and sleep conditions. These issues affect tissue in the lungs and airways. They can also interfere with your child’s ability to get restful sleep.

Experts at UC Davis Health offer a depth of expertise. With access to advanced diagnostics and specialty care, we regularly treat children with rare and complex pulmonary conditions.

Common Types of Pediatric Pulmonary Disease

Pediatric Asthma

Airways in your child's lungs swell and narrow, limiting oxygen flow. Asthma is a lifelong condition, though symptoms may come and go.

Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis

This genetic disease causes thick, sticky mucus to coat your child's lungs and other organs. The mucus can clog airways, making it difficult for your child's body to clear germs. This can lead to frequent infections.

Lung Disease in Infants (Preemies)

These issues cause breathing difficulties in children born early (prematurely). In some cases, their lungs need time to develop. Other babies experience lifelong lung problems.

Pediatric Sleep Disorders

Children with these disorders experience difficulty falling asleep or getting restful sleep. Common causes include sleep apnea, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, nightmares and night terrors.


Pediatric Pulmonology Services We Offer

Children with complex and long-lasting (chronic) conditions benefit from clinics with multiple specialists in one place. At UC Davis Health, your child can see pediatric lung experts, specially trained nurses, respiratory therapists and other providers in one visit. You receive a personalized treatment plan for your child, and the support you need.

Our services include:

Convenient Consultations

We've extended the reach of our pediatric pulmonology services with telehealth consultations, so you and your child can connect with us from your primary care physician’s office. This option helps children receive essential care recommendations without having to travel far.

Advanced Diagnostic Techniques

To accurately assess your child's sleep or lung issues, our specialists may use sophisticated tools that give us detailed images of their lungs. We also perform sleep studies that capture brain activity, movement and breathing while your child sleeps. These techniques help us pinpoint what causes your child’s symptoms and determine treatment.

Expertise in Rare and Complex Conditions

Even if past lung disease therapies failed, we can still help your child. Our team includes doctors with expertise in challenging conditions, like cystic fibrosis. We excel in managing rare diagnoses and the needs of children on long-term breathing assistance (ventilation). Our expertise means your child receives the therapies that are most likely to halt symptoms.

Specialty Clinics

We offer programs and clinics dedicated to the pressing needs of children with lung and sleep issues. Our pediatric aerodigestive center is a one-stop shop for children with breathing, swallowing and digestive conditions. We also run pediatric clinics for severe asthma, cystic fibrosis, pulmonary hypertension, sickle cell disease, and more.

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A U.S. News & World Report best children’s hospital in diabetes & endocrinology, nephrology, and orthopedics*. (*Together with Shriners Children’s)

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For the 11th consecutive year, UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized as a “Leader in LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality.”

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