This information is provided by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD).
Children’s interstitial and diffuse lung disease (chILD) is not a single condition, but a group of rare lung diseases found in infants, children and adolescents that can range from mild to severe. All types of chILD decrease a child’s ability to supply oxygen to their body. These diseases make it difficult for the lungs to exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide and can cause fluid and other materials to collect in the lungs. Early diagnosis and treatment is important for any type of chILD. See the Children’s Interstitial Lung Disease Foundation to see a list of different ILDs and to find more information about diagnosis, treatment and help finding a specialist.
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