Age and weight considerations for the use of continuous positive airway pressure therapy in pediatric populations: an American Academy of Sleep Medicine position statement

Louella Amos, Olufunke Afolabi-Brown, Dominic Gault, Robin Lloyd, Moshe Y. Prero, Carol L. Rosen, Raman K. Malhotra, Jennifer L. Martin, Kannan Ramar, James A. Rowley, Fariha Abbasi-Feinberg, R. Nisha Aurora, Vishesh K. Kapur, Uzma Kazmi, David Kuhlmann, Eric J. Olson, Anita V. Shelgikar, Sherene M. Thomas, Lynn Marie Trotti

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Abstract

This position statement provides guidance for age and weight considerations for using continuous positive airway pressure therapy in pediatric populations. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine commissioned a task force of experts in pediatric sleep medicine to review the medical literature and develop a position statement based on a thorough review of these studies and their clinical expertise. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine Board of Directors approved the final position statement. It is the position of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine that continuous positive airway pressure can be safe and effective for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea for pediatric patients, even in children of younger ages and lower weights, when managed by a clinician with expertise in evaluating and treating pediatric obstructive sleep apnea. The clinician must make the ultimate judgment regarding any specific care in light of the individual circumstances presented by the patient, accessible treatment options, patient/parental preference, and resources.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2041-2043
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Sleep Medicine
Volume18
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2022

Keywords

  • CPAP
  • obstructive sleep apnea
  • pediatrics

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