Partial residence at high altitude extremes

DWQA QuestionsPartial residence at high altitude extremes
KD asked 6 months ago

What factors should we consider when looking to live at 10k altitude for a few months a year with children? We have a 6 month old, 6 year old and a 10 year old. Our main residence is at sea level and we plan to spend summer (June – Aug) and maybe 6 weeks in wintertime at 10.3k ft
We have lived a few years at elevation of 8k but have since moved to Texas to be by family, we still need our mountain time for some of the year however.

1 Answers
Roberto Santos Staff answered 6 months ago

Fascinating! There are plenty of children, transplants included, who thrive at altitudes over 10,000′ in Colorado. Alma and Leadville are a couple of the highest towns. If your children were fine going from sea level to an extended time at 8000′, it may be a good indication that they are not prone to complications from altitude. However, our clinic has found that as altitude increases over 9000′, the stress on the body increases exponentially. 
Questions that come to mind: Have your children been at the altitude over 10,000′ that you are moving to before (for an extended time)? Do your children have any pre-existing cardiovascular or respiratory conditions that may not be triggered as much at 8,000′ as at 10,000′?
Most of the time, if someone, including a child, gets up to elevation and is prone to discomfort or complications at altitude, they will experience low oxygen and other symptoms within the first days or even hours. We always recommend everyone at altitude keeps a pulse oximeter on hand. Be checking oxygen often during your ascent and your first few days on arrival. And especially if you notice anyone in your family is unusually sleepy, lethargic, or experiencing headaches or nausea.

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