When a child with a tracheostomy is having serious trouble breathing, they may:
If you see any of these signs, immediately suction the trach tube. If the signs continue, change the trach tube and suction again. If your child is still having trouble breathing after the tube is changed, call 911 right away.
Look carefully at secretions in the catheter for signs of infection. Call the specialist in trach care if:
Make sure your child has enough to drink each day so that secretions stay thin and don’t block the trach tube. Your child will need to drink extra fluids when sick.
Signs that your child may not be getting enough fluids may include: