Pediatric Pulmonologist Services in Brentwood, Lindenhurst, Patchogue of Long Island NY Areas.
Pediatrics of Long Island offers walk-in Pulmonary Function Test with no appointment necessary.
Pulmonary function testing is a useful method for evaluating your child’s lung function. At Long Island Pediatrics, we are proud to offer pulmonary function tests performed by a pediatric pulmonologist at our 3 convenient locations in Greater Brentwood, Lindenhurst and Patchogue. If you think your child may have a disorder of the lungs, contact one of our offices today to schedule an appointment.
Your child’s lungs are an important aspect of their physical well-being. If you notice that your child is short of breath when playing with friends, it may be time to schedule a pulmonary function test, so their doctor can evaluate their lung function. Pulmonary function tests (sometimes referred to as PFTs) are not a complete diagnostic tool. However, an experienced pulmonologist can use these assessments as a stepping stone to better understand your child’s lung health and move toward a diagnosis.
Pulmonary function tests are often used to assist in the assessment and management of asthma, respiratory infections, restrictive airways issues, sarcoidosis, allergies, scleroderma, asbestosis, and other chronic lung conditions including cancer. PFTs are non-invasive and are typically safe and quick procedures. The most common side effects of a pulmonary function test are dizziness, shortness of breath, and coughing. PFTs can also sometimes trigger asthma attacks. Pulmonary function tests cannot be performed in children who are too young to follow the instructions of their doctor, as they require the full cooperation of the patient being tested.
Spirometry is the most common type of pulmonary lung function test performed by doctors. It allows your pediatrician to measure the amount of air that moves in and out of the lungs as your child breathes, as well as how quickly the process happens. Spirometry can typically be performed in children who are 6 years or older, though some younger children may also be able to listen to the required directions. At Long Island Pediatrics, we specialize in the care of children, so we understand their unique needs.
We believe it is important for us to make your child’s experience as stress-free as possible because we know their first memories of a doctor’s office can inform their relationship with medicine for the rest of their lives. We strive to provide the diagnostic and treatment services your child deserves in an environment that is friendly and welcoming, and we understand that treating children takes patience and care.It is important for both parents and doctors to remain calm and to ensure the child being tested understands what is happening as much as possible. It is helpful if parents can ensure their child does not have a cold or sinus infection, as this may skew the results of their pulmonary function test. It can also be helpful if you schedule your child’s appointment at a time of day that they are normally attentive and engaged.
If you believe a pulmonary function test may be right for your child, contact Long Island Pediatrics to schedule an appointment. Our experienced pediatric pulmonologists can help you better understand your child’s lung function, so you can provide them with the treatment and care they need to breathe easier and live better. We have 3 convenient locations throughout the Long Island area and look forward to helping your child stay happy and healthy now and for years to come.