Lung function tests, such as oximetry. Lung function tests (or pulmonary function
tests, PFT) check how much air your child's
lungs can hold, how quickly your child can move air in and
out of his or her lungs, and how well your child's lungs add oxygen to the blood and remove
carbon dioxide from the blood. The tests can help your
child's doctor discover lung diseases and find out how bad the problem is.
Your doctor will also ask if your child is taking
medicines that may result in weight gain, including:
Antidepressants, such as amitriptyline, desipramine
(Norpramin), and imipramine
Corticosteroids, such as cortisone (Cortone),
hydrocortisone (Cortef), and prednisone.
Medicines used to
seizures, such as divalproex (Depakote) and gabapentin
complete physical exam, your doctor will check your child's health and look for
early signs of problems, including:
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