WARNING: The information in this section is meant as a general guide for parents and caregivers with certain problems related to aspiration of secretions. It is not intended to replace the recommendations of your child’s healthcare team.
Discuss your child’s unique needs with the healthcare team, including WHO and WHEN to contact when problems arise.
Resistance or impossibility to insert the aspiration catheter into the tracheal cannula
Resistance or impossibility to insert the aspiration catheter via the nose
Difficulty or impossibility to aspirate secretions
Any one or more of these respiratory distress symptoms following aspiration of nasopharyngeal or tracheal secretions: labored breathing; more comfortable in a sitting position or with head elevated than in a lying down position; rapid, noisy or wheezy breathing; shallow breathing; weak cough; indrawing (retraction of the skin over, under and in between the ribs), use of accessory muscles to help with breathing; nasal flaring (enlargement of the nostrils during breathing); extension of the neck backwards to try to breathe in air; continuously crying; agitation; anxiety; scared look on your child’s face; pale skin; blue color of lips and nail beds
Vomiting during the aspiration of secretions
Nosebleeds after nasopharyngeal aspiration
Prolonged cough or spasms of cough during aspiration of nasopharygeal or tracheobronchial secretions
Pallor (paleness), blue lips or blue nails; oxygen desaturation, as indicated by a monitor
Weakness, fainting or loss of consciousness
Suction device noisy
Suction device not working
Do not hesitate to contact your child’s healthcare team for any questions or for specific advice related to your child’s condition.