Giving oxygen to your childGGiving oxygen to your childGiving oxygen to your childEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Lungs;TracheaRespiratory systemNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+) Hospital healthcare providersNA2017-06-29T04:00:00ZReshma Amin, MD, FRCPC, MSc;Faiza Syed, BHSc, RRT;Tuyen Tran, RRT000Flat ContentHealth A-Z

 

 

Giving oxygen to your child2960.00000000000Giving oxygen to your childGiving oxygen to your childGEnglishRespiratoryChild (0-12 years);Teen (13-18 years)Lungs;TracheaRespiratory systemNon-drug treatmentCaregivers Adult (19+) Hospital healthcare providersNA2017-06-29T04:00:00ZReshma Amin, MD, FRCPC, MSc;Faiza Syed, BHSc, RRT;Tuyen Tran, RRT000Flat ContentHealth A-Z<h2>How do I give oxygen to my child?</h2><p>You can use different devices with a <a href="/Article?contentid=2959&language=English">home oxygen system</a> to give your child more than 21 per cent oxygen. The best device to use depends on your child’s oxygen needs, how the device works and your child’s tolerance for higher levels of oxygen.</p><p>The following devices are commonly used with children who have a <a href="/Article?contentid=2915&language=English">tracheostomy</a> and need <a href="/Article?contentid=2958&language=English">home oxygen therapy</a>. Your healthcare team will assess which device is best for your child.</p><div class="akh-series"><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach_tracheostomymask_both_EN.jpg" alt="An adult and paediatric tracheostomy mask" /> <figcaption class="asset-image-caption">Adult and paediatric tracheostomy masks</figcaption></figure> <h3>Tracheostomy mask</h3><p>A tracheostomy mask is worn over a tracheostomy tube. It is normally used with a Venturi device or with a high humidity set-up (heat and moisture exchanger or heated high flow humidifier).</p><p> <br> </p><p> <br> </p><p> <br> </p></div></div><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach_venturi_device_01_EN.jpg" alt="A Venturi device showing the oxygen machine, mask, and multi-colored connectors" /> <figcaption class="asset-image-caption">A Venturi device showing the oxygen machine, mask and multi-coloured connectors for different amounts of oxygen</figcaption> </figure> <h3>Venturi device</h3><p>A Venturi device mixes concentrated oxygen with the surrounding air to create a specific oxygen concentration. It is normally used with a tracheostomy mask.</p><p>Each specific oxygen concentration (for example 24, 28, 31, 35 or 40 per cent) has a corresponding coloured connector. </p><p>You must set the flow rate on the oxygen system as indicated by the connector. Your child’s healthcare team will explain which oxygen concentration and coloured connector is right for your child. </p></div></div></div><div class="asset-2-up"> <figure><img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach_venturi_device_03_EN.jpg" alt="The multi-colored connectors for a Venturi device" /><figcaption class="asset-image-caption">Multi-coloured connectors for a Venturi device</figcaption> </figure> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach_venturi_device_04_EN.jpg" alt="An all-in-one Venturi device with different settings" /> <figcaption class="asset-image-caption">All-in-one Venturi device with different built-in settings</figcaption> </figure> </div><p></p><div class="akh-series"><div class="row"><div class="col-md-12"> <figure> <img src="https://assets.aboutkidshealth.ca/akhassets/trach_HMEs_05_EN.jpg" alt="Close up of an inline HME on ventilator patient connector" /> <figcaption class="asset-image-caption">Close-up of an inline HME with a ventilator circuit</figcaption></figure> <h3>Heat and moisture exchanger (HME) with oxygen</h3><ul><li>If your child needs oxygen along with an <a href="/Article?contentid=2922&language=English">HME</a>, they can use the ThermoVent/Oxy-Vent Oxygen Delivery System<sup>®</sup>.</li><li>Insert the HME into the ThermoVent<sup>®</sup> system. Attach the HME to tracheostomy tube. Turn on the flow of oxygen (lpm) as prescribed by your child’s doctor.</li></ul></div></div></div><h3>Heated high flow humidifier (for example, Airvo™)</h3><p>An Airvo™ <a href="/Article?contentid=2924&language=English">heated high-flow h​umidifier</a> warms and humidifies the air your child breathes. Oxygen can be added to increase the oxygen percentage, depending on your child’s needs.</p><p> <i>Set-up</i></p><ul><li>Connect the oxygen tubing to the oxygen inlet port of the Airvo™, located on the back of the unit.</li><li>Connect the other end of the oxygen tubing to the flow meter of the oxygen system. Turn on the flow of oxygen (lpm) as prescribed by your child’s doctor. Turn off the oxygen flow when your child is not using the Airvo™.</li></ul><h3>Ventilator</h3><p>If your child is on a ventilator, the oxygen will be added directly to the ventilator by a special connector.</p><h2>Monitoring your child while on home oxygen therapy</h2><p>Many children who are receiving home oxygen therapy will sometimes need a higher flow rate (more oxygen) than their usual prescription. This may happen at meal times, if your child is ill and during or after increased activity.</p><p>Your healthcare team may give you an oximeter so that you can <a href="/Article?contentid=2962&language=English">monitor your child’s oxygen levels</a> and compare them to the values your child’s healthcare team is expecting. Your healthcare team will tell you when to use the oximeter and the target oxygen saturation level for your child.</p><p></p><div class="caution"><h3>Precautions</h3><ul><li>Contact your healthcare team immediately if you ever notice that your child needs more oxygen and/or they are showing signs of respiratory distress.</li><li>Do not feed your child during an episode of distress unless your child's healthcare team tells you to.<br></li></ul></div><p></p> <a class="btn btn-primary" href="https://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/trachvent">Return to trach-vent learning hub</a><br>Giving oxygen to your childTruehttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2961&language=Englishhttps://www.aboutkidshealth.ca/Article?contentid=2959&language=English

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