Children's Aerodigestive Clinic

The Aerodigestive Clinic at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital helps young patients with a variety of disorders affecting their airway and gastrointestinal system. Our pediatric specialists work as a team to help children who have swallowing, digestive, breathing, and respiratory problems.

What is the Children’s Aerodigestive Clinic?

The multidisciplinary team at the Children’s Aerodigestive Clinic at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital is made up of pediatric specialists skilled in pulmonology, gastroenterology, feeding therapy, and otolaryngology (ears, nose and throat).

Our specialists will examine and evaluate your child and then collaborate to create an individualized treatment plan to fit each patient’s needs. Patients, parents, and primary doctors are an important part of the care team.

Conditions treated at the Aerodigestive Clinic:

  • Apnea
  • Airway obstruction
  • Aspiration
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia
  • Bronchomalacia
  • Chronic lung disease
  • Chronic cough or wheezing
  • Craniofacial syndromes that cause airway obstruction and associated feeding problems
  • Dysphagia (swallowing problems)
  • Esophageal atresia
  • Failure to thrive
  • Gastro-esophageal reflux disease, GERD
  • Laryngeal cleft
  • Laryngomalacia
  • Motility disorders
  • Subglottic stenosis
  • Tracheomalacia
  • Tracheostomy
  • Vocal cord dysfunction/paralysis

Treatment for aerodigestive disorders

Depending on your child's unique case, treatment may include medication, dietary changes, occupational therapy, and respiratory therapy to manage the conditions and get symptoms under control.

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