Four Things to Know about Caring for Your Child’s Tracheostomy

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Your child might have a condition that requires a tracheostomy in order to allow her to breathe. Sometimes a trach is a temporary situation, but it might have to be a permanent solution, depending on other details. That means that you need to know everything that you can learn about taking care of your child’s tracheostomy.

Pediatric Home Health Care Ontario OH - Four Things to Know about Caring for Your Child’s Tracheostomy

Pediatric Home Health Care Ontario OH – Four Things to Know about Caring for Your Child’s Tracheostomy

Practice Before Your Child Is Discharged

Before your child is discharged from the hospital, her doctor and nurses will give you a chance to practice cleaning and changing her trach yourself. Nurses will show you what to do and stay there with you as you practice as much as you’re comfortable practicing. It’s really important for you to be able to handle at least basic care of your child’s trach, even though it’s an intimidating task.

Ask as Many Questions as Possible

While you’re learning the process of taking care of your child’s trach, make sure that you ask as many questions as you think of at the time. No question is a silly question or is one that you shouldn’t ask. You need as much information about this as you can get, so it’s important that you understand everything that is even the tiniest bit confusing.

Skin Care Is of Utmost Importance

Every part of trach care is important, but skin care is really important because proper skin care can reduce the risk of infection and skin irritation. Keeping the area clean and dry is your best means of protecting the skin around the trach. You’ll need to clean the skin several times a day to keep mucus and other irritants from becoming a concern.

Don’t Feel Bad if You’re Worried about Doing This Yourself

Often parents and caregivers feel bad about having concerns about taking care of a tracheostomy on their own. Don’t feel bad if this process makes you feel uncomfortable or if you worry that you’re going to do it wrong. It’s normal to feel that way and it’s perfectly fine if you’re more comfortable having pediatric home health care providers handling the majority of the tasks associated with tracheostomy care.

If your child starts to have trouble breathing, even with the trach, or the trach falls out, it’s important to get emergency care immediately. There may also be other situations that constitute an emergency situation in your child’s situation. Her doctors and pediatric home health care providers can help you to stay alert for those situations.

If you are considering Pediatric Home Health Care Services in Ontario OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Ontario and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Stephen Sternbach
Stephen Sternbach has been the Chairman of the Board of Directors, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Star Multi Care Services since 1987. After the sale of the New York and New Jersey operations of Star Multi Care Services, Sternbach brought the company private where he remains President and CEO of this newly developed $22M home healthcare company. With Sternbach at the helm, Star Multi Care Services employs more than 550 employees, in six offices throughout Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and New York. From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales. 1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002. In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies. Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.