Tracheostomy: How to care for your child's stoma

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Learn step-by-step instructions for cleaning your child's stoma.

Key points

  • Your child's stoma is the opening in their neck for their tracheostomy tube.
  • You should clean the stoma twice a day, or more often if there is more mucus or if the skin appears to be swollen or red.
  • Before you clean the stoma, make sure your child has been suctioned and gather all the equipment and supplies you need.
  • To prevent and manage skin breakdown, do daily stoma care, change dressings as often as needed and avoid any irritation of the skin by the tracheostomy tube.
Last updated: August 9th 2017