Airway Problems


Children are prone to airway problems that can affect their breathing and lead to unpleasant or painful symptoms. Some are minor, but others can be more serious. The most common causes include upper and lower respiratory tract infections, colds, flu, sinus infections, asthma, croup, bronchiolitis and pneumonia. These conditions can lead to shortness of breath, wheezing, rapid breathing and congestion.

Pediatric Airway Problems Salem OregonGastric reflux can also cause problems. This occurs when stomach acid backs up into the throat. Your child may complain of swallowing difficulty, sore throat, cough, wheezing and postnasal drip. Other possible airway problems that affect children include allergies, teething and sleep apnea.

We want to make sure your child doesn’t suffer, and are committed to finding a solution to your child’s airway problems. Our physicians may order diagnostic testing to help figure out what is causing symptoms. We might use imaging studies (x-rays, CT or MRI scans), laryngoscopy (looking at the vocal cords with a camera mounted on a tube) or bronchoscopy (an examination of the lungs and trachea with another tube-mounted camera). The treatment plan will depend on the exact nature of your child’s distress.