An estimated 20% of the children in Singapore suffer from asthma. In addition, statistics show that 20% of normal children snore occasionally and 7% to 10% have habitual snoring. Most children who snore are healthy, but about one per cent of them may snore due to sleep and/or breathing problems. The risk is higher if they have large tonsils and adenoids, conditions affecting the central nervous system and/or muscle, anatomical abnormality of the jaw or face, a family history of sleep or breathing problems, or are obese.
A key referral centre in Singapore for breathing and sleep-related disorders, our Respiratory Medicine Service cares for a large number of children ranging from newborns to 16-year-olds.
We also partner family physicians and paediatricians to facilitate the medical care and management of our patients at community level.
Range of Services:
- General respiratory conditions
- Asthma management
- Asthma counselling is an integral part of the asthma management, and is conducted by experienced asthma nurses.
- We educate patients and their caregivers on the disease and the importance of adherence to treatment.
- We teach and reinforce correct inhaler techniques during each visit, and provide each child with an asthma action plan that empowers them and their caregivers to manage mild asthma exacerbations.
- Chronic lung diseases
- Respiratory tract infections
- Sleep related breathing disorders
- General sleep disorders
- Pulmonary assessment
- We have a pulmonary function laboratory capable of performing spirometry, lung volume/diffusion/exhaled nitric oxide tests as well as challenge tests for asthma.
- We perform skin prick tests for evaluation of the atopic/allergic child.
- We also conduct cardiopulmonary exercise tests as part of the evaluation for children with difficulties with exercising.
- Primary ciliary dyskinesia diagnostic service
- Paediatric flexible bronchoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage
- Video polysomnography and mean sleep latency tests
- Our Sleep Disorders Centre consists of a 2-room facility performing 10 sleep studies a week.
- The video polysomnography and the multiple sleep latency tests enable evaluation of a wide range of sleep disorders including sleep related breathing disorders, parasomnias, hypersomnias, and periodic limb movement disorders.
|Dr Teoh Oon Hoe
||Head, Respiratory Medicine Service & Senior Consultant; Deputy Head, Dept of Paediatrics
||MBBS, M Med (Paed), MRCPCH (UK)
|Prof Chay Oh Moh
||Senior Consultant and KKH Campus Director, Education
||MBBS, M Med (Paed), FAMS, FRCPCH
|Adj A/Prof Anne Goh Eng Neo
||MBBS, M Med (Paed), FAMS, FRCPCH (UK)
|Dr Biju Thomas
||MBBS, FRCPCH (UK)
|Dr Arun Pugalenthi
||MBBS, FRCPCH (UK)
|Dr Petrina Wong
||MBBS, MRCPCH (UK)
|Dr Tan Yi Hua
|Dr Jenny Tang
||MBBS, MMed, MRCP
|Dr Lee Jun Theodric
||MBBS, MMed (Paeds) (Singapore), MRCPCH (UK), FAMS (Paeds) (Singapore)