Children Flying with Oxygen

Advanced Aeromedical, Inc. 800-346-3556.

It is critical to consult with your Pediatric Physician and get approval for use of any portable oxygen concentrators and related equipment.

We work with a lot of children who need therapeutic oxygen while flying. Some are going for medical treatments, some are going on vacation.  There are more kids flying with oxygen today, than ever before. There are important steps to take to make sure the correct equipment is used.

Pulse or On-Demand Delivery systems are designed for Adult use. As a general rule, children and infants can not use a Pulse Delivery Device. Of the 22 Portable Oxygen Concentrators that are FAA Approved, currently only a few offer a continuous flow that a young child can use. The lowest setting on these machines are .5 or 1 LPM.  When a lower flow rate is needed, we have a Precise RX Pediatric Flow Meter made by Invacare that attaches to any oxygen source. This allows for precise low flow rates that an infant or child can use.

Consult with the child’s physician about flying and using therapeutic oxygen. Each airline has there own rules about flying with a portable oxygen concentrator. Each airline has there own specific physician statement for the doctor to sign off and establish a LPM (prescribed oxygen Liters per Minute) for the flight. Additional batteries are required as well.

We are here to assist with rentals and sales of FAA Approved Portable Oxygen Concentrators that children can use. Call us at 800-346-3556 for questions or to set up service.

FAA Approved Portable Oxygen Concentrator’s that offer a Continuous Flow:

Invacare Precise RX Pediatric Flow Meter

This unit attaches to an oxygen source set at 2 LPM, offering flow rates 1/16th – 3/4 LPM or 50-750 cc/min. This unit can be used with or without a humidifier bottle. It is easy to operate and easy to install, no tools required. Requires no modification to the concentrator or oxygen source. This unit prevents any back pressure to the concentrator. This unit weighs 2.4 lbs.

Click here for the Invacare Precise RX Pediatric Flow Meter Owners Manual for additional information

Here is a video of the Invacare Precise Rx Pediatric Flow Meter attached to a SimplyGo Portable Oxygen Concentrator: