Tracheostomy: How to suction your child's tracheostomy tube

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Learn step-by-step instructions for tip, tube and deep suctioning of your child's tracheostomy tube.

Key points

  • Suctioning your child's tracheostomy tube helps clear your child's airway of mucus and lets your child breathe more easily.
  • Your child should have routine suctioning when they wake up, before meals, before their tracheostomy tube is changed and before bed.
  • Depending on the location of mucus, your child's tracheostomy tube may need tip, tube or deep suctioning.
  • If you are unable to remove the mucus after trying deep suctioning, change your child's tracheostomy tube.
Last updated: August 9th 2017