What is oxygen need?
Sometimes, due to an acute illness or a chronic, long-term medical condition, children may have a hard time getting enough oxygen into their bodies. When this happens, it can make children feel uncomfortable, work harder to breathe and may cause problems with their hearts because it must work harder than normal to move blood around the body. To relieve this, a doctor may suggest oxygen therapy for a child.
What causes oxygen need?
Many chronic conditions can cause children to need additional oxygen, including bronchopulmonary dysplasia, cystic fibrosis, tracheostomies, interstitial lung diseases, and congenital heart disease. Respiratory infections like colds, pneumonia, and bronchiolitis, as well as going to higher altitudes (especially above 8,000 feet) can also cause a child to need oxygen.
Who needs oxygen?
Any child may need additional oxygen, especially when sick with a respiratory infection. Children with other chronic respiratory conditions, such as bronchopulmonary dysplasia, and very young infants or babies born prematurely or at low birth weight are more likely to need oxygen.