Treating respiratory failure in children


Children may need to be treated for breathing disorders (or sleep-disordered breathing), respiratory distress or respiratory failure due to a number of reasons. Some of these are:


  1. The upper airway might be crowded or blocked (due to large tonsils and adenoids, a large tongue, small jaw, high arched palate, repaired cleft palate or floppy airways).
  2. Lung disease (e.g. cystic fibrosis) or scoliosis (where curvature of the spine can affect lung function).
  3. Conditions that affect the communication between the brain and the respiratory system (e.g. spinal cord injuries).
  4. Conditions associated with muscle weakness (e.g. Muscular Dystrophies).
  5. Congenital conditions and syndromes (e.g. Trisomy 21, Achondroplasia, Pierre Robin Syndrome, Prader Willi Syndrome).


ResMed understands that diagnosing and treating children with sleep breathing disorders, respiratory distress or respiratory failure is not the same as treating adults with those conditions. Our respiratory support therapy solutions for children address the unique needs of children.


We understand that children need:

  • respiratory support devices that cater to their smaller lungs
  • respiratory support devices that have advanced technology to detect even the slightest effort to breathe
  • masks that are designed specifically for their face shape
  • a strong support network of family and caregivers to help children overcome barriers associated with treatment.

More respiratory support for children

Treatment options
The appropriate treatment option for your child depends on his or her underlying condition and its severity. In all cases, your care provider will evaluate and determine the most appropriate treatment for your child.
Ventilation solutions for children
Specifically engineered for younger patients, their caregivers and health care professionals, ResMed's comprehensive paediatric ventilation solution provides easy access to quality noninvasive ventilation (NIV).
Getting your child’s equipment
Your care provider will talk to you about choosing the right therapy device and mask for your child.