Sleep disorders are difficult on everyone, but it can be especially difficult for children. For children to get the most out of their CPAP therapy, they need a mask that is comfortable and properly secured on their face.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleeping disorder that can affect children as well as adults. As OSA patients sleep, their airway muscles become too relaxed and collapse, obstructing breathing and disrupting the child’s ability to sleep. One effective therapy is to apply continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) to the airways to keep the airway open during sleep. This will result in the patient being able to breathe normally while sleeping, thus allowing him or her to maintain restful sleep throughout the night.
To get the full benefits of CPAP therapy, however, a CPAP mask must be secured to the patient’s face to form a proper seal. This therapy also requires the interface to be comfortable, because the ultimate goal of the therapy is for the patient to sleep well. This is particularly important for children, who may or may not understand the full benefits of sleep therapy and may be less tolerant of discomfort. Proper fitting headgear is necessary to comfortably secure the mask to the patient’s face.
However, headgear that is designed for adults will be mismatched against children’s features. The result will be a mask that is difficult to stabilize, compromising the child’s therapy. Fortunately, there is the Deluxe Headgear for Pediatric CPAP Masks, made especially to fit a child’s head. This headgear will secure the mask interface against the child’s face for effective sleep therapy. A secure and stable mask means that the mask seal will be protected and maintained, allowing the child to get the proper therapy he or she needs.
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