Children's Hospital Colorado
Breathing Institute

Breathing Institute

Our experts treat respiratory and sleep disorders from the common to the complex, helping children and families breathe easier.

Pediatric Pulmonology Clinic

The Breathing Institute experts at Children's Hospital Colorado treat children with common and complex breathing problems. Our pediatric pulmonologists care for children with shortness of breath, wheezing, cough, noisy breathing, oxygen dependency, recurrent pneumonia and other pediatric breathing conditions.

We're nationally recognized for our work with patients who have asthma, cystic fibrosis, airway anomalies and tracheostomy care, pulmonary hypertension, lung disease of premature infants, sleep disorders, neuromuscular disorders, primary ciliary dyskinesia and children's interstitial lung disease.

Our pediatric pulmonologists, along with other Colorado physicians, pioneered many of the standard practices used to treat and diagnose pediatric respiratory disease today. We were the first in the world to use nitric oxide to treat neonatal hypertensions, and the first to initiate newborn cystic fibrosis screening.

Learn about our pulmonary medicine research
#7 In the nation by U.S. News & World Report
10 MILLION In research grant funding
150+ Breathing experts, largest program in the region

Aerodigestive Program

Experts from our multidisciplinary Aerodigestive Program collaborate with ear, nose and throat (ENT) and digestive specialists to care for children with complex airway, breathing and digestive tract disorders.

Asthma Program

Our Asthma Program offers multidisciplinary care for kids both at home and in school, with a focus on technological and environmental innovations. We're committed to changing the lives of our patients and paving the way for the future of pediatric asthma care.

Interstitial Lung Disease (chILD) Program

Our Children's Interstitial Lung Disease (chILD) Program is one of the leading referral centers in the world for children with these rare lung conditions. Our research, in collaboration with other pediatric ILD centers around the country, has led to the recognition and understanding of many new chILD disorders.

Cystic Fibrosis Research Center

The Mike McMorris Cystic Fibrosis Research and Care Center at Children's Colorado is one of the premiere cystic fibrosis (CF) clinical care and research centers in the country. Our Center delivers state-of-the-art care to people with CF, provides education for healthcare professionals and for families with CF, and advances the field through clinical research.

Sleep Program

Our Sleep Program provides comprehensive clinics to evaluate patients and make treatment recommendations so that the entire family can return to a normal night of sleep. Our team assists primary care physicians and specialists with the diagnosis and treatment of infants, children and adolescents with sleep problems.

Ventilator Care Program

Our Ventilator Care Program's standardized approach to discharging patients on ventilators has led to a significant reduction in costs and average length of stay. For infants with ventilator-dependent bronchopulmonary dysplasia, our rate of survival to discharge has improved from 50% to 85%.

Two girls with asthma sit on a couch with their moms connecting over their asthma treatment journeys at Children's Hospital Colorado.

The Connection Journey: Helping Kids Breathe Easier

Managing your child’s asthma can be challenging. That's why Angela is happy to share the tips she's learned through her daughter Ava's journey. Learn more about asthma diagnosis, treatment and management from a family who thrives with this condition.

Watch their experience


Children's Colorado in the news

CBS4

Impact of child and teen vaping in Colorado

August 29, 2019

Public health agencies have identified hundreds of vaping-related respiratory illnesses across the country. Pediatric pulmonologist Robin Deterding, MD, explains the common symptoms in these cases and what all kids should know about the risks of e-cigarettes.

9News

Colorado lawmakers want stricter limits on where you can vape

January 15, 2019

There are many places in Colorado where cigarette smoking is not allowed. State lawmakers want to add the same restrictions to vaping and e-cigarettes.

9News

What sleep can do for kids

March 29, 2017

Dr. Ricky Mohon talked to 9News about the power of sleep. Check out his recommendations on the right amount of sleep kids should be getting for their ages.

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