Pediatric respiratory supplies don’t suck (but they do suction)
Suction machines and devices are pediatric respiratory supplies that remove mucus and fluids from the nose, mouth, or back of the throat. Suctioning is performed when a child is not able to cough up mucus and fluids that may be blocking the airways. A child may need suctioning when there are any of the following signs:
· A choking or gurgling noise of secretions.
· Difficulty breathing.
· Persistent coughing.
· The area surrounding the eyes, mouth, fingernails, or toenails turns blue or gray.
· The chest or back appears to rattle when touched.
· The child appears anxious, restless, or cries and can’t be comforted.
· Increasing breathing or heart rate.
· Flaring of nostrils.
· The chest or neck retract.
· The child says they need suctioning.
Before you go ahead and suction your child, he or she needs to be aware of what is going to happen so that they will be more cooperative. Use a language that the kid can understand. You can suction a child with a catheter or with a bulb syringe, following a different set of steps for each.
Among the most common pediatric respiratory supplies are tracheostomy tubes, or trach. Children with a trach also require suctioning at specific times of the day, namely:
· When they wake up in the morning.
· Before meals.
· Before going to bed.
· Before trach tube changes.
· As needed after tube changes.
Moreover, children with a tracheostomy tube may need suctioning when there is mucus bubbling inside the tube, or a whistling sound is coming from the tube. They may also need suctioning if they present any of the signs listed above.