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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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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