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Why Does My Child Need Oxygen Therapy?

Many children need oxygen when they go home from the hospital. Oxygen is used for many different conditions, including:

  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)
  • Congenital heart disease
  • Cystic fibrosis (CF)
  • Tracheostomies
  • Other rare diseases

Your child's doctor and healthcare team will determine if your child needs additional oxygen in order to keep the right amount of oxygen in his or her blood.

Oxygen is often needed to keep the child comfortable, decrease the amount of work needed to breathe, and, in some cases, help the child grow. Some children are placed on oxygen to prevent problems with their heart.

Download Oxygen Cylinder Chart for Pediatric Patients (PDF)