Definition of Tracheitis:Tracheitis is a bacterial infection of the windpipe (trachea).
- Deep cough (similar to that caused by croup)
- Difficulty breathing
- High fever
- High-pitched breathing sound (stridor)
Signs and tests:
The health care provider will perform a physical exam and listen to the child's lungs. The muscles between the ribs may pull in as the child tries to breathe. This is called intercostal retractions.
Tests that may be done to diagnose this condition include:
- Blood oxygen level
- Nasopharyngeal culture to look for bacteria
- Tracheal culture to look for bacteria
- X-ray of the trachea
The child often needs to have a tube placed into the airways to help with breathing. This is called an endotracheal tube.
The child will receive antibiotics through a vein and oxygen. The health care team will closely monitor the child's breathing.
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