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Children’s Interstitial and Diffuse Lung Disease (chILD) is not just one disease. It is a group of rare lung problems found in babies, children, and teenagers. There are many types of chILD. Some cause mild symptoms and some cause more serious illness. All types of chILD make it harder for oxygen to get from the lungs to the rest of the body. It is important to find the diagnosis early so that treatment can be started. If you think your child may have chILD, talk to your doctor and think about a visit with a pediatric pulmonologist (lung doctor). 

The information about chILD is limited to the number of research studies that have been done to date. However, there are a few things you can do:

  • Keep checking our website. We’re working on getting as much information posted as possible. This non-profit group is made up of families affected by chILD and the doctors treating chILD. You can find disease specific information, descriptions of diagnostic testing, and tips for living with chILD. 
  • Ask your child’s doctor, but don’t be surprised if they don’t have much information to share. chILD is rare and not every doctor has had a chance to learn about it. Your doctor can contact the ​​clinical research network for more information. 
  • Connect with other families through our family forums and on ​​Facebook and Twitter

For more information or support, please contact us.

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