Respiratory Disorders Expert Forum
Children Oxygen Saturation
About This Forum:

This forum is for questions and support regarding lung and respiratory issues. such as: Allergies, Asthma, Bronchitis, Colds - Flu, Chronic Cough, COPD, Cystic Fibrosis, Emphysema, Fibrosis, Lung Abscess, Nasal Polyps, Pleurisy, Pneumonia, Sarcoidosis, Sinusitis, Tuberculosis.

Font Size:
A
A
A
Background:
Blank
Blank
Blank
This expert forum is not accepting new questions. Please post your question in one of our medical support communities.
Blank Blank

Children Oxygen Saturation

What is the normal oxygen saturation for a child while sleeping? How much should it be allowed to fall before steps are taken to address it?
Related Discussions
242587_tn?1355427710
During sleep, infants, children and adults exhibit a mild reduction in ventilation, resulting in a slight rise in carbon dioxide level and a corresponding fall in the oxygen partial pressure (this pressure is directly related to but is not the same as saturation).  

This is normal and of no clinical significance.  The fall in oxygen pressure may normally be accompanied by a trivial fall (or no change) in oxygen saturation.

Normal sleep normal oxygen saturations are maintained in the low-mid-upper 90% range.  Brief, infrequent falls in saturation into the low 90% range is not worrisome.  Sustained falls in oxygen saturation to 90% or below warrant further investigation, especially when accompanied by long pauses between breaths (apnea).

Also, before “..steps are taken to address it” the cause must be determined.

My best advice is that if you are at all concerned about your child’s sleep breathing pattern or have documented a fall in oxygen saturation to 91-92% or below, you should discuss this with his/her pediatrician.  Clinically significant sleep disordered breathing  in children is uncommon but definitely not rare.

Good luck
Blank
Continue discussion Blank
This Forum's Experts
242587_tn?1355427710
David Tinkelman, M.D.Blank
National Jewish Health
Denver, CO
Blank
Request an Appointment
MedHelp Health Answers
Blank
Asthma Tracker
Asthma Tracker
Start Tracking Now
Blank
Allergy Tracker
Allergy Tracker
Start Tracking Now
RSS Expert Activity
233488_tn?1310696703
Blank
New Cannabis Article from NORTH Mag...
Jul 20 by John C Hagan III, MD, FACS, FAAOBlank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
3 Reasons Why You are Still Binge E...
Jul 14 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank
242532_tn?1269553979
Blank
Emotional Eating: What Your Closet ...
Jul 09 by Roger Gould, M.D.Blank