On this episode, host Jason Woods speaks with Dr. Elaine Reno, an emergency medicine physician who is also a wilderness medicine expert, about high altitude illness in pediatrics. We focus on risk factors, identification of illness, and recommendations for initial treatment.
- Significant altitude illness is rare below 8000 feet
- Pre-verbal children DO experience high altitude illness but can be more difficult to diagnose given the difficulty in communication.
- Dr. Reno strongly prefers slow acclimatization for children, rather than prophylactic medication.
Point of Care Resources
- Wilderness Medical Society
- Colorado Wilderness Medicine
- Lake Louise Acute Mountain Sickness Score
- Children’s Lake Louise Score
Elaine Reno MD – Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Emergency Medicine, Section of Wilderness and Environmental Medicine