Shirts with buttons down the front or with larger openings for the head are easier to put on.
Be sure the neckline is not too close to the trach.
Children with a trach cannot submerge in water.
While bathing your child be sure not to get any water in the trach.
Your child must never go under water.
Never leave a child alone in the tub.
Older children may shower using a shower guard.
It's important to clean your child's mouth twice a day.
Older children can brush as normal.
For a younger child you can swab your child’s mouth with gauze or use a finger tooth brush. You may need to suction out the mouth after brushing and rinsing teeth.
Cleaning mouth/teeth helps to prevent your child from getting sick.
Softer food are easier to swallow.
Follow the direction of your doctor and speech therapist.
While playing outside, sand or dirt should not be allowed anywhere near the trach.
Warm weather humidity may make breathing difficult or change the consistency of their secretions.
Breathing cold air may cause the airway to spasm or tighten.
Even though your child is not breathing through their nose, they still can be affected by allergens, such as pollens or perfumes.
Smoking should never be allowed near a child with a tracheostomy.
It's best to reduce or eliminate environmental irritants such as smoke from a woodstove or fireplace, pet dander, and household dust.