Oxygen therapy can help your child:
Oxygen may be prescribed for conditions such as:
Your healthcare provider will measure the level of oxygen in your child's blood to see how much oxygen is needed. Oxygen flow is measured in liters per minute (LPM). Your child's healthcare provider will write a prescription for oxygen. The prescription will tell you how much oxygen your child needs and how often your child needs to use the oxygen.
If you need oxygen at home, a technician will help you set up your system. The company that supplies your home oxygen will help you with setup and delivery schedule for bringing replacement supplies to your home.
There are 3 kinds of oxygen systems for the home:
Your child breathes oxygen from a tank or concentrator in 1 of 3 ways:
Oxygen by itself cannot catch fire, but it will make anything around it that catches fire burn much faster. For example, a spark that lands on clothing will normally only smolder and cause a small burn hole, but with oxygen in use the clothing might catch fire.
Keep a fire extinguisher close by, and let your fire department know that you have oxygen in your home. Keep these kinds of items away from the oxygen supply:
Keep oxygen at least 5 feet away from sources of flames, sparks, or high heat. Examples include:
Do not smoke in the house or in the car when a child is present. Sparks from cigarettes are impossible to control and could easily start a fire. Never expose your child to second hand smoke.
It is best if your child is not in the kitchen when you are frying any foods. The combination of oxygen, heat, and splattering of oil or grease can be a fire hazard. If you cannot keep your child out of the kitchen, keep the child at least 4 to 6 feet from the stove.
Large oxygen tanks are heavy and should be secured so that they do not fall over.
If you have a concentrator, it is best to clean the air filter at least once a week. You should have a tank of oxygen as a backup in case of a power failure. If your child uses a concentrator, tell the electric company so you will be given priority for repairs if there is a power failure.
Be careful of tripping over the oxygen tubing. Children who are very active may get tangled in the tubing. Taping the tubing to the back of their shirt may be helpful.
Sometimes children need extra oxygen. Periods of activity, illnesses such as colds, or travel to high altitude may cause breathing problems. Ask your child’s healthcare provider:
Call your healthcare provider or your oxygen supplier if you have any questions about oxygen therapy.
Do not take your child off oxygen therapy unless your health care provider tells you to do so.