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Virtual Hospital: Tracheo/Laryngomalacia
Through text, photographs, sound files, and short films,
Virtual Hospital provides a graphic understanding of
tracheomalacia (collapse of the trachea) and
laryngomalacia (collapse of the supraglottic structures).
The implications of this floppiness of the airway on
respiration and feeding are discussed and treatment
strategies are delineated.
Virtual Hospital: Subglottic Stenosis
Text, photographs, sound files, and films clarify the
pathology, symptomatology and treatment of subglottic
stenosis, a narrowing of the airway that interferes with
Aaron's parent's have provided a practical guide to home
care for a child with a tracheostomy. This site combines
medical information on tracheostomy care with the insight
that comes from family experience.
Eating with a Tracheostomy
Children with isolated airway problems usually have no
difficulty eating and drinking with a tracheostomy.
However children with existing neurological or structural
difficulties may experience an increased swallowing
problem with the placement of a tracheostomy tube. This
short paper provides a description of these difficulties
and parental guidelines for feeding a child with a
Prevention of Aspiration Pneumonia: A
The author of this paper reviews research on aspiration
pneumonia in critical care patients who have feeding
tubes and suggests a clinical protocol to help prevent
the problem or decrease the complications if aspiration
The Passy-Muir speaking valves for the tracheostomy tube
or ventilator are described at this commercial site.
Advantages for speech and swallowing are discussed.
Asthma in Children
The Children's Medical Center of the University of
Virginia creates some of our favorite sites through their
multimedia tutorials for parents and children. Their
information on asthma in children includes animated
diagrams and sound files of breathing. Two children
briefly describe what it feels like to have asthma.
Additional sections discuss diagnostic procedures and