Age and weight considerations for the use of continuous positive airway pressure therapy in pediatric populations: an American Academy of Sleep Medicine position statement
This position statement provides guidance for age and weight considerations for using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy in pediatric populations. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) 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 AASM Board of Directors approved the final position statement. It is the position of the AASM that CPAP can be safe and effective for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) for pediatric patients, even in children of younger ages and lower weights, when managed by a clinician with expertise in evaluating and treating pediatric OSA. 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.
Amos L, Afolabi-Brown O, Gault D, et al. Age and weight considerations for the use of continuous positive airway pressure therapy in pediatric populations: an American Academy of Sleep Medicine position statement [published online ahead of print, 2022 Jun 1]. J Clin Sleep Med. doi:10.5664/jcsm.10098