Boynton Beach

10150 Hagen Ranch Rd


6650 W Indiantown Rd

Pediatric Breathing Disorders

Children are susceptible to illness, and respiratory problems are quite common – especially in those exposed to germs (e.g., in a daycare setting). The majority of respiratory ailments are not serious, but approximately one-third are the result of breathing disorders that require special treatment.

Upper & Lower Respiratory Infections

Respiratory infections experienced by children can be separated into those affecting the upper respiratory system (comprising the mouth, nose, throat and sinuses) and the lower respiratory system (the bronchial tubes and lungs). Generally speaking, lower respiratory infections tend to be more severe and are characterized by shortness of breath, wheezing and rapid breathing.

Upper respiratory infections include colds, flu, croup and sinusitis. They can usually be treated with a combination of medications, fluids and rest.

Lower respiratory infections include a number of breathing disorders, such as:


This is an extremely common childhood ailment, affecting nearly six percent of children under the age of five. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disorder of the airways triggered by an irritant (e.g., a virus, tobacco smoke or chemical) that causes the bronchi to contract and the mucus membranes to swell. This results in coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath and increased heart rate. There is no cure, but symptoms can be managed through a combination of long-term control drugs and rescue medications.


This infection of the bronchioles occurs when the airways in the lungs swell, hampering breathing. Most cases are caused by respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), discussed below. It is most common in children younger than two. Symptoms include coughing; rapid, shallow breathing; wheezing; skin retractions around the neck and chest; flaring of the nostrils and fever. Usually, bronchiolitis runs its course in 7-10 days and does not require medical treatment. Make sure your child receives plenty of rest and fluids, and treat any congestion with saline drops or over-the-counter medications.

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

RSV is one of the most common lower respiratory tract illnesses. It is usually confined to children under the age of two. Symptoms are similar to those of the common cold and include coughing, runny nose, fever, wheezing, rapid breathing and skin retractions around the chest and neck. RSV can spread to the airways in the lungs and cause bronchiolitis. Fortunately, most cases are short lived, lasting only a few days. Treat it with home remedies as you would a cold.


Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs that causes inflammation, swelling, and fluid accumulation in the airways. It can be caused by viruses or bacteria. Symptoms include coughing, fever, rapid breathing, a crackling or grunting noise in the lungs, and loss of appetite. Viral pneumonia can be treated with over-the-counter pain medications for fever, fluids, and rest. Bacterial pneumonia requires antibiotics.

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In an effort to meet the needs of the community we are closely monitoring the current situation and at this time we remain open for existing as well as new patients.

Accordingly, we are continuing to see patients with time-sensitive concerns in our office, as well as by telemedicine.
For your safety, the office is being regularly sanitized. Waiting room capacity is being kept to a minimum and we request all visitors to practice social distancing guidelines. We are also screening every patient that comes into the office to ensure the health and safety of our patients, clinicians, and our employees.

ENT Specialists

10150 Hagen Ranch Rd

Boynton Beach, FL 33437

(561) 736-8141

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6650 W Indiantown Rd

Jupiter, FL 33458

(561) 736-8141




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