What is it?

Tracheomalacia refers to a collapse of a child's windpipe walls. This can be the result of windpipe walls weakness, or it can happen because something is pressing on it.

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Signs & symptoms

Signs and symptoms suggesting congenital tracheomalacia are:
- Noisy breathing
- Breathing problems
- Stridor - a high-pitched sound during breathing or coughing


If your baby’s doctor thinks your child may have this problem, he or she may order tests. Some tests that the doctor might use to learn if your baby has tracheomalacia:

X-ray or CT scan of the chest.
Airway Fluoroscopy (floor OSS koh pee) to look at the windpipe (trachea).
Direct Laryngoscopy (LAYR inn GOSS koh pee) to look at the vocal cords (larynx).
Bronchoscopy (BRAHN koh SKAH pee) to look at the airways in the lungs (bronchi).
If your child is diagnosed with tracheomalacia, the doctor may suggest other tests to find out the cause, or decide on the best treatment.


Usually, your baby’s breathing problems will be resolved with time. It is recommended to use humidifier to help your child breathe better.
If tracheomalacia is caused by something pressing in on the windpipe, your child’s may need other therapies, or even surgery.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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