Many children in our care use a CPAP machine to help regulate their breathing during sleep. CPAP stands for "continuous positive airway pressure" therapy. A CPAP machine has a tube that connects to a mask and it helps kids with sleep apnea or other breathing problems to improve their sleep.
The Sleep Center includes a team specially trained in helping you and your child understand how a CPAP machine fits into your care plan. We work with you to learn how to care for your CPAP machine and related equipment to keep it clean and working properly.
Learning about the CPAP machine
If your sleep doctor feels that CPAP therapy would help your child sleep better, you will have a special appointment with the CPAP Clinic team. They will be with you from the beginning to help you fit and select your mask.
At this visit, your child will experience the sensation of wearing the mask, first by itself and then with the pressure on. They can try out the mask without the pressure in different sleep positions and feel and hear the air going through the machine before trying on the mask with the pressure running.
The CPAP coordinator will teach you how to clean the equipment and share troubleshooting tips to use at home. You can also call your CPAP coordinator or send a message through the Patient Portal with any questions or problems that come up.
Help with questions and concerns about your CPAP
Your Children’s Mercy CPAP coordinator will follow up with you frequently after you get your equipment to see how things are going. Every time you come to the Sleep Clinic to see your doctor, you will also meet with your CPAP coordinator for a check-in.
Some CPAP machines have apps that track your child’s usage. Depending on the specific equipment your child uses, your coordinator may be able to access that data from the app and help you identify any problems or concerns. We also have a sleep psychologist available to work with your family if your child is having difficulty using their CPAP regularly or as directed.
The PAP Therapy Outcomes Coordinators can help with questions about using and cleaning your PAP device or other concerns about it.
You can reach them by phone at (913) 696-8370 or send an email to CPAPhelp@cmh.edu. You can also send a message through the MyChildrensMercy Patient Portal to “PAP Coordinators.”
For appointments, call (816) 983-6355.