Pulmonary & Respiratory Program
We help kids to breathe easy
At Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, we feel fortunate to be a part of so many kids’ lives. The pulmonology and respiratory team cares for thousands of children each year in our inpatient and outpatient settings. And every patient is special to us.
We might meet for the first time in the pediatric intensive care unit, or when your child is hospitalized for breathing troubles. Or your child might come to one of the clinics for asthma diagnosis and treatment. We’re there for you wherever and whenever you need us — 24/7.
We’re with you from the start
Because we deal with a variety of lung and respiratory issues, there are many ways we can meet. Your first visit with a pulmonary specialist usually depends on the severity of your child’s problem. We might meet you:
Preparing for a clinic visit
If your child’s care journey starts with the pulmonary and respiratory program, knowing what to expect helps make the first visit less stressful. Depending on your child’s age, prior to the visit talk about it with your child. Show your child a photo of the doctor from our directory. With younger kids, it may also help to draw pictures (stick figures work just fine!). Or act out the upcoming visit with a stuffed animal as the patient.
To help us complete initial paperwork and concentrate on your child’s care, it’s best to arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. That way, we can zip through the registration and insurance process (remember to bring your insurance card and co-pay) and concentrate on what’s most important to us—talking with you and taking great care of your child.
Your first clinic visit generally lasts about one hour. You’ll meet your primary pulmonologist. Your doctor will review your medical history and symptoms, and talk with you about any test results. Most patients go home with a diagnosis and a treatment plan. Your doctor might ask you to schedule a follow-up visit every three to six months. These visits usually take half an hour and ensure that your child’s condition is being managed well.
Partners in care
Your child may be under our care for a long time. We’re your partners through this journey. Please let us know if we can do anything else to help you or your child.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR PULMONARY AND RESPIRATORY PROGRAM