NIV therapy is used to treat breathing difficulties, which are resulted due to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or neuromuscular disorders such as muscular dystrophy.

Wisp mask features a giraffe fabric pattern and modified cushion curvature to provide a positive experience for children.

The leak correction dial on the mask allows caregivers to fix small leaks without disturbing a child’s sleep.

It is available in three cushion sizes, designed to suit for infants weighing 22 pounds to age seven.

Philips chief medical liaison Teofilo Lee-Chiong said: "Philips designed this new mask with the child in mind — pairing the functionality and comfort of adult masks with child-friendly materials.

"With its giraffe print fabric and an animated character that helps to engage children, therapy might be less intimidating for the tiniest patients."

Philips is making the commercial availability of the mask in the US and Europe in the second half of this year.

The firm is exhibiting the mask at the SLEEP 2016 in Denver, US, which is being held from 11 to 15 June.

Philips Respironics provides sleep apnea management, oxygen therapy, noninvasive ventilation and respiratory drug delivery solutions.

Image: New Philips pediatric nasal mask brings big improvements for tiniest patients. Photo: courtesy of PRNewsFoto / Philips Respironics.