Sometimes kids have a health condition that makes it difficult to breathe through the nose or mouth. When this happens, surgeons may perform a procedure called a tracheostomy, or "trach." During a tracheostomy, a plastic tube is surgically placed into the trachea, or windpipe. The tube keeps the pathway open for air to reach the lungs. Sometimes the tube is attached to a ventilator to help kids breathe.
Here, three parents share their tips and experiences on raising a child with a tracheostomy.
|Resources for Nurses and Families This Web site has links to private, educational, and government sites that have information for children and families dealing with home care.|
|Anesthesia - What to Expect Here's a quick look at what may happen before, during, and after on the day of your child's operation or procedure.|
|When Your Child's in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit It can be frightening whenever kids are in the hospital — and even more so when they're admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). But a basic understanding of the PICU may make it a little easier to cope with.|
|Managing Home Health Care When kids need intensive health care after they're discharged from the hospital, it's important that family and caregivers learn about the devices, equipment, and support they'll need.|
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