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Play

Children with trachs should be encouraged to participate in normal play activity. Although it may be instinctive, try not to be too overprotective.

Outdoor Activities

When playing outside, attach a disposable humidity device to protect the trach from the cold air and dust. Do not allow your child to play in or around sand boxes. Older children should not participate in contact sports, such as football. A child with a trach should never go swimming--inside or outside--until the trach has been permanently removed.

Infants

A baby with a tracheostomy also needs to develop neck, stomach, and back muscles. This can be helped by placing the child on his or her stomach with a towel roll under the chest. This will help keep the tracheostomy airway open. It is important to supervise your child when he or she is on is lying on the stomach.

Toy Precautions

Children with a tracheostomy should avoid toys with small pieces. Your child or a playmate may pick up the small pieces and put them into the trach. Also, keep fuzzy stuffed animals away from your child because fibers may enter the trach and cause difficulty with breathing.

Follow the toy manufacturer’s age recommendations.