Allergies can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or race, and along with asthma, are among the most common health problems for children. As a rule, allergies are more common in children than in adults; however, a first-time occurrence can happen at any age, or recur after many years of remission. There is a tendency for allergies to occur in families, yet the exact genetic factors that cause it are not understood.
Other pulmonary conditions pediatric pulmonologists at The Children’s Hospital treat include:
- Apnea (when a child’s breathing stops for a prolonged time)
- Recurring pneumonia
- Chronic lung disease in premature infants
- Chronic cough
- Noisy and/or difficulty with breathing
- Conditions that require special equipment to monitor and/or help with breathing at home