Paediatric Respiratory Services

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The paediatric respiratory specialists at Midland Health offer holistic paediatric respiratory services, including testing, diagnosis and ongoing treatment of acute and chronic respiratory conditions in infants, children and young people. 

At our private clinic in Edgbaston, you will have access to an experienced paediatric pulmonologist, as well as a state-of-the-art laboratory and medical equipment that allows us to perform a variety of specialised diagnostic tests such as lung function tests, as well as X-rays and CT Scans of the chest. 

Whatever your child’s respiratory problems may be, our team will be there to work with you and your family to implement an efficient treatment plan that alleviates your child’s symptoms, improves their quality of life and minimises the need for hospital admissions. You can book an appointment with our Respiratory Paediatric Consultant, Dr Prasad Nagakumar within days and without the need for a referral.

Our Specialties

Midland Health’s team offers a full range of paediatric respiratory care services and we have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of the following respiratory conditions in children:

  • Asthma
  • Wheeze
  • Cough
  • Breathing pattern disorders (including post-COVID respiratory issues)
  • Sleep problems in children
  • Suppurative lung disease

Paediatric Respiratory Conditions Diagnostics

Breathing problems in children can have multiple causes, so to obtain the correct diagnosis for your child’s condition, our paediatric respiratory specialists may order a number of diagnostic tests, including: 

  • X-ray of the chest
  • CT Scan of Chest
  • Bronchoscopy
  • Allergy and immunology testing
  • Lung function testing (spirometry and FeNO)
  • An overnight sleep study (oxycapnography and oximetry)

What is Paediatric Respiratory Medicine?

Paediatric respiratory medicine (paediatric pulmonology) covers the diagnostics and treatment of acute and chronic conditions in children, concerning both the upper respiratory tract (nose, larynx and pharynx) and the lower respiratory tract (bronchi, trachea and lungs).

At Midland Health, you will be treated by an expert medical team, led by an experienced consultant paediatric pulmonologist who specialises in the treatment of children's respiratory system conditions, including asthma, wheezing, pneumonia, chronic coughs and snoring. 

The paediatric respiratory service at Midland Health is designed to answer the needs of children of all ages, including infants and young adults. As complex respiratory conditions may require a long-term treatment plan, we are here to support both you and your child through the entire process. 


New Paediatric Respiratory Consultation


(30 min)

Paediatric Follow-Up Respiratory Consultation


Common Respiratory Problems in Children

When your child coughs, as a parent, it’s only natural to worry, even though most coughs aren’t serious. The cough reflex is the body’s natural way of protecting itself and will stop without treatment, as soon as the airways are clear of mucus and other irritants (such as smoke or dust).  

However, if your child is suffering from an acute short-term cough or a chronic cough (a cough that lasts for more than four weeks), it is best to book an appointment with a respiratory paediatrician to get an accurate diagnosis. 

There are several conditions that can cause short-term acute cough in children, including:

  • Upper or lower respiratory tract infections
  • Whooping cough (pertussis)
  • Croup 
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Allergies (such as hay fever)
  • Underlying respiratory conditions such as bronchitis or asthma
  • High-level exposure to irritants

Croup is a condition commonly found in children which is characterised by a barking cough and noisy, harsh breathing (also known as stridor). It is caused by swelling of the trachea (windpipe), the voice box (larynx) and the lungs (the bronchi).

Asthma is a chronic condition which causes swelling of the airways (the bronchi). When the airways are inflamed or sensitive, it becomes difficult for air to move in and out of our lungs, which makes it harder to breathe. Symptoms of an asthma attack include wheezing, breathlessness, coughing and chest tightness. 

Chest infections are infections of the lungs and airways that are fairly common in children. They can cause wet cough, fever and breathlessness. Mild chest infections could eventually clear up without treatment, however, severe chest infections can be life-threatening. Therefore, it’s important to always seek advice from a doctor if your child has respiratory problems. 

Pneumonia, for example, is a commonly known type of chest infection that appears in one or both lungs and causes an inflammation of the alveoli (air sacs). It is usually characterised by a mucus cough with pus or phlegm, fever and breathing difficulties. If untreated, pneumonia can be a life-threatening condition in infants and young children, so it is important to seek medical advice quickly.

According to the British Thoracic Society, wheezing is ‘a continuous high-pitched musical sound coming from the chest. As babies and young children have small airways, wheezing can be quite common at an early age. 

Wheezing could be a temporary symptom of a cold or virus, or it could be symptomatic of a chronic condition, such as asthma. 

Common causes of wheezing can include: 

  • Allergies
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Bronchitis
  • Bronchiolitis
  • Dysfunction of the vocal cords 
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GORD)
  • Inflammation of the airways
  • Inhalation of foreign object(s)
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Respiratory infections
  • Small or floppy airways
  • Tobacco smoke exposure

Not all children are distressed by wheezing. If your child is a ‘happy wheezer’, they may not require treatment. However, it is still important to be seen by a paediatric pulmonologist to be safe, especially if your little one also experiences sleeping problems, breathlessness or difficulties eating.

Habitual snoring is believed to affect between 10 and 12% of children and without any accompanying symptoms, it is often not a cause for concern. Snoring can also be a symptom of a temporary nose blockage, caused by a cold or seasonal allergies. 

However, in some cases, snoring in children can be an indication of a more severe sleep problem and should be addressed by a specialist.

Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious illness caused by the mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria. It most commonly affects the lungs and is spread via coughing, spitting or sneezing. 

In the past, tuberculosis was considered incurable but thanks to modern medicine, it can now be prevented by the BCG vaccine (commonly offered to babies and children) and can be treated with antibiotics.  

Our Experts

At Midland Health, your child’s respiratory problems will be treated by our experienced Respiratory Paediatric Consultant, Dr Prasad Nagakumar. As the lead expert of the regional severe asthma service at the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, Dr Nagakumar has years of experience in treating a wide range of children’s respiratory conditions, including asthma, dysfunctional breathing, sleep problems, allergies, wheezing, as well as COVID-related respiratory symptoms. 

Having undergone paediatric respiratory training at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London, Bristol Children’s Hospital and The Children’s Hospital for Wales, Cardiff, Prasad also holds an MD(Res) degree from Imperial College, London for his research in children with severe asthma. His academic work has been published in multiple renowned journals and he is a regular expert speaker in various professional forums, both nationally and internationally. 

Dr Nagakumar is also an Associate Professor at the  Institute of Inflammation and Ageing,  University of Birmingham where he supervises the work of MD/PhD students and takes an active role in a number of paediatric respiratory research studies.

Why Us 

When it comes to the health of your child, there can be no compromise. At Midland Health, you can benefit from a patient-first approach that puts your family’s needs at the forefront of everything we do. Our team of experts delivers the highest quality paediatric respiratory services in a comfortable private medical setting where you and your child can feel at ease as we provide all necessary treatment. Here, you can be seen by a specialist within days without the need for a referral, so your child’s respiratory condition can be addressed as quickly as possible. 

Choosing Midland Health as your child’s healthcare provider gives you access to:

  • Experienced paediatric respiratory specialist on-site
  • Appointments available on short notice
  • No referral needed
  • Excellent patient-first care 
  • Cutting-edge medical facilities
  • Private clinic conveniently located in Edgbaston

Finding Our Private Clinic in Birmingham 

Midland Health’s paediatric respiratory team welcomes you and your family to our private clinic located in Edgbaston, at the heart of Birmingham.  

If you would like to use public transport to come to your appointment, you will find our building just a 5-minute walk from the stations below:  

  • By train: Five Ways Station
  • By bus: Highfield Road Bus Stop

If you are coming by car, you can use the parking facilities offered by our Edgbaston clinic. 

Contact Us

Looking for reliable paediatric respiratory services in the West Midlands? Get in touch with the Midland Health team on 0121 769 0999 or email us at to book an appointment with one of our experts in Edgbaston. 

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