my 1 month old has a thing called congenital tracheomalacia.  its the floppiness of the windpipe and it makes him squeak like one of those dog chew toys.  i have been sent to see a specialist but thats not until july 14, and thats a ways away. here is an article i found and it pretty much explains it.

 

Alternative Names   

Type 1 tracheomalacia

Definition    Return to top

Congenital tracheomalacia is a weakness and floppiness of the walls of the windpipe (trachea), which is present at birth.

Causes    Return to top

Tracheomalacia in a newborn occurs when the cartilage in the windpipe (trachea) has not developed properly. Instead of being rigid, the walls of the trachea are floppy. Because the windpipe is the main airway, breathing difficulties begin soon after birth.

Congenital tracheomalacia is very uncommon.

Symptoms    Return to top

  • Breathing noises that may change with position and improve during sleep
  • Breathing problems that get worse with coughing, crying, feeding, or upper respiratory infections
  • High-pitched breathing
  • Rattling, noisy breaths

Exams and Tests    Return to top

A physical examination confirms the symptoms. An x-ray will be done to rule out other problems. The chest x-ray may show narrowing of the trachea when breathing in.

A procedure called a larngoscopy provides a definitive diagnosis. This procedure lets the otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat doctor, or ENT) see the airway structure and determine the severity of the problem.

Other tests that may be done include:

  • Airway fluoroscopy
  • Barium swallow
  • Bronchoscopy -- camera down the throat to see the airways and lungs
  • CT scan
  • Lung function tests
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Treatment    Return to top

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.

Often, the symptoms of tracheomalacia improve as the infant grows.

Rarely, surgery is needed.

Outlook (Prognosis)    Return to top

Congenital tracheomalacia generally goes away on its own by the age of 18-24 months. As the tracheal cartilage gets stronger and the trachea grows, the noisy respirations and breathing difficulties gradually stop.

Possible Complications    Return to top

Babies born with tracheomalacia may have other congenital abnormalities such as heart defects, developmental delay, or gastroesophageal reflux.

Aspiration pneumonia can occur from inhaling food contents.

When to Contact a Medical Professional    Return to top

Call your health care provider if your child has breathing difficulties or breathing noises. It can become an urgent or emergency condition.

now am i just being paranoid, or am i supposed to be super worried about this

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