Precautions For Parents

A child with a tracheostomy can do most things that other children do. Try to treat your child as normally as possible. It is important not to be overly protective. However, children with trachs must be watched very closely, since they may not be able to verbally indicate discomfort. Water represents a particularly serious threat, as drowning can easily occur if the tube is submerged in water.

Here are some precautions for children with tracheostomies. Remember that each child is different and that common sense goes a long way when caring for a child with a trach.

Emergency Plan for a Child with a Tracheostomy

Infection Control

What is RSV?

RSV stands for respiratory syncytial virus, the most frequent cause of serious respiratory tract infections in infants and young children. This is such a common virus that virtually all children have been infected by RSV by the age of 3. In most children and adults, RSV results in a respiratory infection that is not distinguishable from a common cold. However, for infants and children with underlying conditions, such as prematurity, lung, heart and immune deficiency diseases, RSV can be a very serious respiratory illness requiring hospitalization.

Avoid crowded places and avoid contact with people who have cold symptoms. When a family member is sick, extra precautions must be taken by washing hands often and preventing the spread of infectious secretions on tissues and objects.

Ask your doctor if Respigam would be helpful for your child. Respigam is an immune globulin that is given in injections throughout the RSV season for children at risk.

This page updated 03/03/10