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Q. Why is a tracheostomy performed?

A tracheostomy is usually done for one of three reasons: (1) to bypass an obstructed upper airway; (2) to clean and remove secretions from the airway; and (3) to more easily, and usually more safely, deliver oxygen to the lungs.

Q.  Will my child be able to swim with a tracheostomy?

Some kids with trachs do swim.  For kids who can cap their tubes (don't have an obstructed upper airway), it's a bit less risky.  However, swimming with a trach is not recommended.  The danger of drowning, near drowning (brain damage), and aspiration pneumonia is just too great.  When a child has a trach the water goes directly into the lungs.  There is no gag reflex to prevent aspiration. 

Q.  What are the implications if my child gets a cold or flu?

A tracheostomy will bypass the normal upper respiratory structures, and therefore there is a higher chance that she can both spread and receive microorganisms (virus, bacteria, etc) more easily.   Frequent hand washing is the best defense against colds and flu.

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Q. Can I travel with a tracheostomy?

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Q. My child has been decannulated.  What do I do with all the left-over equipment and supplies?