Tracheal catheter in children under two years – obstructive bronchitis


A tracheal catheter is an inflammation of the mucous membrane of the trachea inside the lungs. The inflammation causes the mucous membrane to swell. As the mucous membrane swells, the trachea becomes narrower and the flow of air deteriorates. Then the child becomes more difficult to breathe, especially to exhale.

Sometimes the trachea catheter is called obstructive bronchitis. Obstructive means prevention. Bronchitis is the Latin word for inflammation in the respiratory tract.

Symptoms of a tracheal catheter in children

Symptoms of a tracheal catheter are if a child who is under two years old has a cold and at the same time has one or more of the following symptoms:

  • The child has difficulty breathing.
  • There is a beeping sound at the exhalations- so-called asthma beeps. The child has a lot of cough and mucus.
  • The skin is pulled in between the ribs as the child breathes so that there are pits between the ribs.

The symptoms of a tracheal catheter are especially noticeable if the child is breathing quickly, is worried or upset.

Trachea or asthma?  
Tracheal catheter gives the same symptoms as asthma. For children who are younger than two years and who are not allergic, talk about the tracheal catheter the first and second time the child gets the trouble. The third time is the diagnosis of asthma. 

If the child is allergic or over two years, the doctor usually calls it asthma the first time the child gets symptoms.

When even the smallest bronchial tubes become inflamed, it is called bronchiolitis. It gives the same symptoms as the trachea. Bronchiolitis is often more troublesome than a tracheal catheter, as a larger proportion of the airways become inflamed. It is mainly children up to one year who get bronchiolitis. The disease usually comes in winter. 

When and where should I seek care?

Seek medical care directly at a child care center, medical center or emergency room if the child has breathing difficulties.

Contact a health center or child care center if the symptoms are not noticeable but remain in place for a long time.

You can seek care at any healthcare center you want throughout the country. There you also have the opportunity to have a permanent doctor’s contact for the child. This means that if possible, you can see the same doctor every time.

This is how the respiratory tract infects children for two years

Usually, it is a viral infection that causes the trachea. The most common cause of the infection is the RS virus, which causes epidemics every winter. RS viruses and other respiratory viruses are spread when sneezing, coughing and cheating. Viruses are then spread through the air and through contact, especially via hands.

Inflammation of the respiratory tract can also be due to something the child has breathed in, such as fire smoke, which irritates the mucous membrane.

What can I do for myself?

It is good if you as an adult make the child drink a lot. Fluid helps the body dissolve mucus. Then it becomes easier for the child to cough it up.

It is important that the child coughs up mucus to clear the trachea when they cough. Therefore, it is not good to give medication to quench the cough. Then the child coughs less and does not catch the mucus.

Talk to a doctor before giving non-prescription cough medicines to children under two or to children who have asthma.

Make sure the child is not exposed to tobacco smoke. The smoke can increase the risk of the child getting a tracheal catheter.

Treatment of a tracheal catheter

A doctor can prescribe bronchodilator medication if the child needs it. The child may also receive cortisone spray to reduce inflammation, and thus swelling, in the airways.

Sometimes children may need to be cared for in a hospital for trachea. At the hospital, there are three different methods that can relieve the trachea.

  • The first is that the child is allowed to inhale airway medicine.
  • The second is that the child is allowed to inhale the anti-inflammatory medication.
  • The third is that the baby gets oxygenated by means of short hose pieces in the nostrils. It’s called an ugly.

Sometimes the child may need to remain in the hospital for observation.

What happens in the body?

A Tracheal catheter is an inflammation of the mucous membrane of the trachea. Inflammation causes the trachea to become swollen.

Children’s trachea is narrower and softer than adults’ trachea. Therefore, there is a greater risk of children getting a trachea catheter. Children who are up to two years have such a narrow trachea that the child can get a tracheal catheter if they get a viral infection in the nose, thus being cold.

Complications and sequelae

Most children with tracheal catheters do not get sequelae. Some children get attacks with infectious asthma, but it usually ceases before school age.

Influence and participate in your care

You can seek care at any medical center or open specialist clinic you want throughout the country. Sometimes a referral to the open specialist care is required.

You should understand the information

In order for you to be involved in your care and treatment, it is important that you understand the information you receive from the healthcare personnel. Ask questions if you don’t understand. For example, you should receive information about treatment options and how long you may have to wait for care and treatment.

Children should also be involved in their care. The older the child, the more important it is.

You have the opportunity to get help from an interpreter. You also have the opportunity to get help from an interpreter if you have a hearing loss. 

If you need tools, you should get information about what is available and how to get it.

Your consent is important

Once you have received information about what options and options for the care you have, you can give your consent or in some other way express a yes. This also applies to you who are not of legal age.  

You may choose not to give your consent to the care you are offered. You may also withdraw your consent at any time.

You can get a new medical assessment

You may get a  new medical assessment from another doctor if you have a life-threatening or particularly serious illness. Obtaining another doctor’s assessment can help you, for example, if you are unsure of which treatment of a tracheal catheter is best for you.

You can get a regular health care contact

If you have contact with many different people within the care, you can have a permanent care contact. It is a person who among other things helps to coordinate your care.

Children should be able to participate 

There is no age limit for when a child can have an influence over their care. The child’s ability to participate in related to the child’s maturity.

The older the child, the more important it is for them to be involved in their care. In order to be active in the care and to make decisions, it is important that you as an adult and the child understand the information you receive from the care staff.

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