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Your child’s primary care doctor may request pulmonary function tests to determine your child’s condition. Respiratory therapy specialists evaluate lung function with pulmonary function tests. They may also provide outpatient respiratory care therapies and education during these tests.
Pulmonary function tests are minimally invasive and can be performed on all age groups. Some tests are only suitable for children over the ages of 5 or 6, because they require patients to follow directions and cooperate in test performance. For this same reason, infants and children under the age of 3 may be sedated for certain tests. Depending on your child’s condition and the number of tests required, pulmonary function testing may take between 10 and 60 minutes.
Before testing begins, a pulmonary function test specialist will measure your child’s height and weight and explain the testing. He or she may even demonstrate the tests. Your child should wear loose clothing and running shoes for the six-minute walk and exercise tests. Your child's pulmonary function test results are usually available the same day.
Types of pulmonary function tests include:
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