Pediatric Respiratory Failure

This information is useful for children
A mother holds her blonde toddler in her arms, comforting him.

Nothing is scarier for a parent than seeing their child in distress, struggling to breathe. Pediatric acute respiratory failure—or when there's an imbalance between a child’s need for oxygen and the amount of oxygen in their blood—is one of the top reasons children are admitted to an intensive care unit. 

Though it can be serious and sometimes life-threatening, more often acute respiratory failure can be treated successfully, and most children will recover and have no further consequences from the episode, and they are unlikely to have it again. 

At Yale Medicine, our physicians are determined to treat children with the most noninvasive techniques available, including the use of a cutting edge devices for intubation, one that has been shown to lead to fewer complications.