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A tracheostomy is not a common occurrence, so it’s normal to feel a little frightened at first.

You will receive training for tracheostomy care while your child is still in the hospital. It is important to participate actively, ask lots of questions, and take notes. Practice often. The more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll be caring for your child.

It is a good idea for several family members to take the training so they also know how to care for your child’s tracheostomy.

Your doctor, nurse, or therapist are your best sources for advice. But this section provides helpful tips and reminders so things go smoothly once you and your child return home.

Get more information on pediatric tracheostomy care

The information and guidance presented on this website is informational only and not intended to influence practice or supersede the instructions for use of any specific device.

We gratefully acknowledge the contribution of the following individuals to the production of this content: Marie Lemoine, M.S.N., RN, RCP, Rob St. John, M.S.N., RN, RRT, Paula Thompson, B.S., RRT, and Missy Toigo, M.A., CCC-SLP