What is the Craniofacial Airway Management Team?

The Craniofacial Airway Management Team evaluates children with craniofacial conditions that affect their breathing.

The team includes members of the Craniofacial Center in the disciplines of craniofacial pediatrics, oral and maxillofacial surgery, plastic surgery, otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat), social work and respiratory home care.

The team provides interdisciplinary consultation on all children with airway obstruction due to a craniofacial condition, and gives unified recommendations to the family and physician.

How much experience do you have with airway management?

We have extensive experience in managing the respiratory disorders of children with craniofacial malformations.

Although the development of the Airway Management Team is new, our center has provided this service since its inception more than 30 years ago.

Who gets an airway management evaluation?

The most common causes of airway problems in patients with craniofacial conditions are underdevelopment of the jaws, the trachea or the bronchi or the presence of a cleft palate.

Many children with airway problems require admission to the intensive care unit right after birth.

In the intensive care unit, a consult with the Airway Management Team will be requested by your child's neonatologist (a physician trained specifically to handle complex and high-risk health problems in newborns).

In the outpatient setting, all children seen in the Craniofacial Center are evaluated for airway problems by their craniofacial pediatrician. If a concern is raised, the Airway Management Team will be consulted.

After the first consult, the Airway Management Team will meet to discuss treatment options and recommend the most appropriate care plan for the child.

Be aware that these problems can be severe and even life-threatening.

Do not hesitate to contact your physician or emergency services about your child's breathing.