Tracheobronchomalacia (say "tray-kee-oh-brong-koh-muh-LAY-shee-uh") is a rare condition that some babies are born with. The walls of your child's windpipe (trachea) and airways (bronchial tubes) are weak and soft. The weak walls can narrow or block the airways and make it hard for your child to breathe. The symptoms may not appear until after the first weeks or months of life. If the problem is mild, most children outgrow it by age 2.
Your child may:
As your child grows, the walls of the trachea and bronchial tubes can get stronger and harder. Some children get better over time. But for some children, the condition may be severe and need treatment.
Most children outgrow this condition when the problem is mild. Treatment depends on what symptoms your child has.
It's important to keep your child away from smoke. Do not smoke or let anyone else smoke around your child or in your house.
If the problem is severe, your doctor may talk to you about options such as:
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
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Current as of: March 25, 2017
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Hasmeena Kathuria, MD - Pulmonology, Critical Care Medicine, Sleep Medicine
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