Tracheostomy: How to change your child's tracheostomy tube

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Learn step-by-step instructions for changing your child's tracheostomy tube and Velcro tube ties.

Key points

  • Regular tracheostomy tube changes help prevent mucus from building up in your child's airway and granulation tissue from forming around the tube.
  • Do a routine tracheostomy tube change at least 30 minutes before or 30 to 60 minutes after your child feeds.
  • Before changing the tracheostomy tube, gather your equipment and supplies and make sure the main person and assistant roles are clear.
  • Make sure to change the tracheostomy ties at least once a day and keep them clean and dry to prevent skin irritation and infections around the neck.
Last updated: August 9th 2017