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What is chILD?

Children's Interstitial Lung Disease (chILD) is not a single disease. Instead, it is a group of rare lung diseases found in infants, children, and adolescents.

When You Travel

You might want to find a hospital and doctor (hopefully a pediatric pulmonologist) in the place where you are going. You might want to find a pharmacy. Make sure they accept out-of-state prescriptions

About Oxygen

There are a few options available for oxygen sources to use in your home. Your chILD's oxygen needs, your insurance provider, and local availability will determine which you will have available.

Living with chILD

Different forms of chILD require different treatments and support. The goal of treatment for chILD is to relieve symptoms, provide support to maximize growth and development, and to prevent exposure to preventable illnesses that could make the chILD syndrome worse.

chILD Clinical Centers

List of centers throughout the United States that have specialists and programs for chILD disorders.

Information on Specific chILD Disorders

ATS Breathing in America Book

The Breathing in America: Diseases, Progress, and Hope compilation briefly describes respiratory diseases and the progress that is being made in the quest to find their cures. Click here for chapter on Interstitial Lung Disease.

ATS Patient Information Series —Children's Interstitial Lung Disease

The ATS Patient Information Series is a public service of the American Thoracic Society and its journal the AJRCCM ( The information appearing in this series is for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for the medical advice of one's personal health care provider.