As California’s wildfires grew, so did the number of calls into the pediatric clinics at Community Medical Centers this fall. “Unfortunately, all the fires right now have made the air quality very bad,” said Dr. Paul Do, a pediatric pulmonologist and UCSF faculty member. “I’m getting a lot of families with children who have asthma and other chronic lung disease calling about increased problems breathing. They’re really coughing and wheezing.”
First Dr. Do takes a look at their medications and makes adjustments. Then he talks to parents about other ways to help their children stay away from things that trigger their breathing challenges – and could possibly result in a trip to the emergency room.