What is a pediatric CPAP?

CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, and it is a system that helps keep your airways open to prevent breathing obstruction during sleep. A pediatric CPAP is specially designed to suit a child’s size, lung capacity and airway structure.

When is a pediatric CPAP recommended?

Children who experience sleep apnea (periodic interruptions of breathing during sleep) most commonly undergo surgery to have their tonsils and adenoids removed. For children who continue to experience sleep apnea after this surgery, a CPAP device is often prescribed.

What is the procedure for pediatric CPAP?

Your child will be fitted with a CPAP mask, and the CPAP machine will be preset to the correct pressure for your child’s needs. At night, the child will wear the CPAP mask, which will gently blow air into his or her nose to keep the throat and airways open. Children often need help adjusting to the mask, and your team at Meadows Health will guide you as you help your child make this adjustment.

What are the results of pediatric CPAP?

Once your child adjusts to using the CPAP through the night, the system is nearly 100% effective in relieving sleep apnea. This means that your child will enjoy a better night’s sleep, and negative effects of sleep apnea – tiredness, irritability, learning problems, depression – will subside.