As a parent or caregiver of a toddler with a tracheostomy, it’s normal to have concerns about keeping your little one safeand healthy. One of the biggest concerns for children with tracheostomies is the risk of infection.
A tracheostomy is an opening in the neck that provides a direct airway to the trachea and lungs. Tracheostomies are often necessary for children with breathing difficulties. They also leave them vulnerable to bacterial and viral infections that can cause serious health problems.
However, there are steps you can take to minimize the risk of infection in your toddler with a tracheostomy. Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Keep the tracheostomy site clean and dry. Regularly clean the skin around the tracheostomy and make sure it stays dry. Use a clean, damp cloth to wipe away secretions, and allow the area to air dry.
- Change the tracheostomy ties and dress regularly. Tracheostomy ties hold the tube in place, and the dressing protects the skin around the opening. Be sure to change these regularly as directed by your healthcare provider. At Nursing Evolutions, we attend to these every day.
- Avoid exposing your toddler to infections. Keep your toddler away from people who are sick andwash your hands frequently to prevent the spread of germs.
- Use sterile equipment. Always use sterile equipment when changing your toddler’s tracheostomy ties and dressing and cleaningthe tracheostomy site.
- Monitor for signs of infection. Look for any symptoms of infection, such as increased secretions, redness or swelling around the tracheostomy site, or a fever. If you notice any of these signs, contact your healthcare provider immediately.
In conclusion, preventing infection in toddlers with tracheostomies requires regular care and vigilance. Following these tips and working closely with your healthcare provider can help keep your toddler healthy and safe