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TOFS Awareness Week 2024

Managing common respiratory issues in children born with OA/TOF

Dr Rebecca Thursfield, Paediatric Respiratory Consultant at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, joined us recently to answer members’ questions on common respiratory issues in children born with OA/TOF.

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Respiratory questions 

00:00 Introduction
02:00
Are respiratory problems worse in winter?
02:43
How likely is it that respiratory problems would worsen reflux?
03:40
How can I tell if a child has asthma or has asthma like symptoms?
05:48
What is spirometry?
07:17
Is there a preferable humidity level or temperature to help children sleep at night?

Antibiotics and medication

09:05 When should someone move on to prophylactic antibiotics?
12:08
When is it better to be reactive or proactive with antibiotics dosage?
13:00
What is your opinion on Frevia paf?
14:45
Does using a steroid inhaler strengthen your airway? 18:10 Do antibiotics work for viral infection on those born with OA/TOF?
24:08 Which vaccines would you recommend with regards to respiratory conditions?
25:25
What are the long-term consequences of frequent steroid use in children?

Coughs & Infections

28:38 What signs should you look out for to know when a cough has become a chest infection?
36:14
How can you help OA/TOF children treat a bad cough/soothe a sore cough? Especially those with difficulty swallowing.
38:44
Is it true that chest infections might not show up properly on chest X-rays for OA/TOF children?
42:57
How do I know if a child has Tracheomalacia or a virus?
47:31
When is the right time to seek treatment?
48:52
Any tips on for the long-term management for bronchiectasis?
54:20
How can parents help prevent croup in winter?
56:05
What are the pros/cons of assisted cough, cupping for unproductive cough?
59:11
Which medications might be used with a nebuliser?

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