It’s not uncommon for babies, children, and teens to experience lung or breathing problems as their bodies grow and develop. Symptoms of respiratory complications can include chronic cough, difficulty breathing, recurring pneumonia or lung infections, and noisy breathing. Children suffering from chronic respiratory or breathing problems are often referred to a physician who is expertly trained in pediatric pulmonary medicine.
UT Health Northeast is home to the region’s only board certified pediatric pulmonologist. Our pediatric pulmonologist and clinical staff have the expertise in caring for children — from infancy to age 18 — with breathing problems. We offer a full range of diagnostic testing and treatment so children can breathe easier.
Lung Conditions We Commonly Treat
- Chronic lung disease
- Chronic cough and wheeze
- Congenital lung and airway conditions
- Cystic fibrosis
- Recurrent pneumonia
- Respiratory insufficiency
- Unusual respiratory infections
Sleep Conditions We Commonly Treat
- Sleep apnea
- Disorders in control of breathing
- Restless leg syndrome
- Periodic limb movement disorder
- Circadian rhythm disorder
- Difficulty falling asleep or maintaining sleep
- Daytime sleepiness
- Sleepwalking, sleep talking, and sleep terrors
Testing and Procedures We Perform
- Bronchoalveolar lavage
- Oxygen and carbon dioxide monitoring
- Pulmonary function testing (PFT)
- Sleep studies
- Sweat testing for cystic fibrosis
Specialties: Sleep Medicine / Pediatric Pulmonology (Lung Disease in Children) / Cystic Fibrosis / Infectious Lung Diseases /
Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology
Dr. Amaro specializes in pediatric pulmonology, the study and treatment of children’s lung diseases. He has two decades of experience treating children with cystic fibrosis, pneumonia, whooping cough, and other respiratory diseases. In addition, he is one of only a couple of board-certified specialists in pediatric sleep disorders in Northeast Texas.
Treating Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis
It’s a team approach when it comes to treating children with cystic fibrosis (CF). The pediatric pulmonologist at UT Health Northeast is supported by dieticians, social workers, nurses, and respiratory therapists who are dedicated to caring for each patient. The CF clinic at UT Health Northeast is unique because treatment for all ages is in one location and the same team cares for patients throughout the different stages of life – from childhood to adulthood.
Caring for Northeast Texas
Accredited by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, we are the premiere Cystic Fibrosis Center serving Northeast Texas. Our center follows the stringent standards of the CF Foundation and uses approved guidelines for treatment.
Our Pediatric CF Services
UT Health is the only referral site in Northeast Texas for a sweat test, the diagnostic test for CF. When results are positive, then patients are referred to our CF clinic for further testing, which includes a complete history check, physical exam, and diagnostic studies.
We follow up with every patient diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, monitoring their growth, response to treatment, and any complications that might occur. These follow-up appointments occur every three months and can include:
- Physician assessments
- Meeting with nutritionist and/or social worker
- Laboratory testing
- Annual blood work and chest x-rays
- Pulmonary function testing
Treating Pediatric Sleep Apnea
Sleep disorders in children may lead to irritability, lack of focus in class, sleepiness in school, hyperactive behavior, and learning problems.
The Center for Sleep Disorders at UT Health Northeast is the premier sleep center and the only sleep center with a pediatric sleep specialist in our region who treats children and babies as young as six months old. As Community Sleep Awareness Partners through the National Sleep Foundation, we are a clinic and testing facility designed to diagnose and treat people who suffer from problems with sleep. With state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services, rest assure that we have the expertise that can help pediatric patients sleep better.
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