Children's lung conditions

Child blowing dandelionBreathing problems are extremely common in children – they are the main reason under-fives go to see their GP.

Some conditions are relatively mild and, with correct treatment, have very little impact on a child’s life. Many children who are diagnosed with a lung condition are still able to run around, play with their friends, go to school and do all the normal things other children do.

Other diseases are more serious, may affect a child’s day-to-day life more significantly and require intensive or longer term treatment.

We understand that as a parent, having a child who is unwell – especially if they are having difficulties breathing – can be very worrying. We are here to help.

You might find it useful to speak to somebody about your concerns, and we have specialist advisers on the end of the phone who can provide emotional and practical support.

Call the British Lung Foundation Helpline on 03000 030 555. Lines are open Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm and calls are included in your provider’s inclusive minutes or discount scheme, outside of which they are free.

In this section, you will find information and advice about a number of lung diseases that affect children.