Other Names for this Disease
- Tracheomalacia, congenital
- Type 1 tracheomalacia
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 Symptoms vary from mild to severe and include 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, and rattling or noisy breaths. 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. Symptoms of tracheomalacia tends to improve as the infant grows.Congenital tracheomalacia is a weakness and floppiness of the walls of the windpipe (trachea), which is present at birth. It occurs in 1 in 2100 children.
Last updated: 8/19/2015
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