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Positioning Your Child

Children with respiratory conditions--such as BPD and cystic fibrosis--who require oxygen often need to be positioned to breathe easier. Most children, like most adults on oxygen, are most comfortable in a semi-upright position. Infants can be placed in an infant seat or car seat. An infant's bed can be slightly elevated by putting rolled up blankets under the mattress at the head of the baby's crib. Infants should not be placed on pillows or beanbags.

Older children can be placed on pillows on their backs, their stomachs, or their sides. Repositioning every two to three hours is also important for comfort. If your child is quiet and resting comfortably, take this to be a good position for him or her.