Many children develop respiratory conditions. Some of these conditions are chronic, while others are more severe. In many cases, emergency interventions and complex surgical procedures are required to stabilize the child, with ongoing medical care required thereafter. In all but the most extreme cases, parents have the option to have the care performed either at a medical facility, or to choose in-home long-term pediatric care.
Common Pediatric Respiratory Disorders
The respiratory system is highly complex and is comprised of the nose, mouth, trachea, lungs and diaphragm. When performing properly, it provides an ample supply of blood and oxygen to the entire body. When the respiratory system is hindered by a disorder, however, it can make it challenging just to take another breath.
There are several respiratory disorders that affect children, some of the most common include:
- Foreign body aspiration
- Upper Airway Obstruction
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
- Pulmonary Hypertension
- Acute Lung Injury
- Interstitial Lung Disease
- Sleep Apnea
These conditions vary widely in their severity and required treatments. In most cases, treatment can be administered by qualified medical professionals either in-home or at a facility. Increasingly, parents prefer in-home pediatric care for respiratory conditions because of the advantages of having their child treated in the comfort of their own home.
Benefits of In-Home Long-Term Pediatric Care
There are several potential benefits of treating pediatric respiratory illnesses at home. Some of the most important include:
Convenience: Getting the child ready and out the door for medical visits can be quite difficult. With in-home pediatric care, all parents need to do is get their child ready for the care provider to arrive. No more driving to appointments and waiting around to be seen.
Flexible Scheduling: When receiving care at a facility, parents typically need to take whatever appointment time is available. Though it may not always be what they want, parents are compelled to work around the schedule of the facility. With in-home care, the provider schedules appointments at times that work best for the parents and family.
Individualized Care: At a hospital or medical facility, there are typically several patients simultaneously under the care of a health professional. And because of staff shortages at many facilities, patient ratios continue to increase. In-home pediatric care eliminates this concern and allows the child to receive the personalized one-on-one care he/she deserves.
Stronger Family Bonding: When children receive care at home, they are around parents and family members that love and care for them. There is no better environment for children to be in, and it also allows the family to have a greater level of involvement in their care.
Reduced Costs: The cost of in-home pediatric care varies depending on the respiratory condition the child has and level of care required. That said, in most cases, the rate for a home care service is less than the cost of comparable care at a facility. This allows families to save time and money while keeping their child in the safest and most comfortable environment.