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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 respiration.

Aaron's Tracheostomy Page
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 tracheostomy.

Prevention of Aspiration Pneumonia: A Research-Based Protocol
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 occurs.

Passy-Muir
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 treatment approaches.

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