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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is tracheomalacia?

Tracheomalacia in a newborn occurs when the cartilage in the windpipe, or trachea, has not developed properly. Instead of being rigid, the walls of the trachea are floppy, resulting in breathing difficulties soon after birth.

Symptoms of tracheomalacia

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Hands and feet turned pale and blue

  • Feeling breathless

  • Cough

  • Unable to gain weight

  • Phlegm

  • Child refuses to eat

Questions your doctor may ask to check for tracheomalacia

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose tracheomalacia

  • Is your breathing noisy; e.g. wheezing, rattling?

  • Do you have purple blue colored skin?

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

  • Do you have a cough?

  • Is your weight gain slow compared to others around the same age?

Treatment for tracheomalacia

Most infants respond well to humidified air, careful feedings and antibiotics for infections. Babies with tracheomalacia must be closely monitored when they have respiratory infections. Rarely, surgery is needed.

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