A to Z: Tracheitisenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-khAZDictionary-enHD-AR1.jpgLearn about tracheitis, a condition that affects the respiratory tract.Tracheitis, bacterial tracheitis, acute bacterial tracheitis, lungs, trachea, larynx, windpipe, bronchi, bacterial infections, stridor, croup, respiratory system, upper respiratory tract infection, Staphylococcus aureus, fever08/09/201304/11/201909/02/20199e3331e0-d1d8-40a3-8467-f80a9c041a3dhttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/az-tracheitis.html/<p><em>May also be called: Bacterial Tracheitis</em></p> <p>Tracheitis (tray-kee-EYE-tis) is inflammation of the trachea (windpipe), the tube that carries air to and from the <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/lungs.html/">lungs</a>.</p> <h3>More to Know</h3> <p>The trachea is a tube made up of rings of cartilage. It extends downward from the base of the voice box (larynx), which is located in the throat. At its bottom end, the trachea divides into left and right air tubes called bronchi that connect to the lungs.</p> <p>If the trachea becomes swollen and irritated due to inflammation (tracheitis), it can partially or fully block the airway and make breathing difficult. Other symptoms of tracheitis&nbsp;include a deep <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childs-cough.html/">cough</a>, high <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/fever.html/">fever</a>, and a noisy breathing sound (stridor).</p> <p>The most common cause of tracheitis is bacterial infection, usually involving bacteria called <em><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/staphylococcus.html/">Staphylococcus aureus</a></em>. In some cases, viral infections and allergic reactions also can cause tracheitis.</p> <p>Tracheitis mostly affects young children, possibly because their tracheas are smaller and can become blocked more easily. Tracheitis in children is an emergency condition that often requires immediate medical attention. It's usually treated with antibiotic medications, but in more serious cases, a tube may be placed in the airway to help with breathing.</p> <h3>Keep in Mind</h3> <p>If the airway becomes obstructed, tracheitis can be life threatening. However, with proper and immediate treatment, almost all kids with tracheitis can expect to make a full recovery.</p> <p><em>All A to Z dictionary entries are regularly reviewed by KidsHealth medical experts.</em></p>
CroupCroup often causes kids to have a loud cough that sounds like a seal barking. Most cases of croup are caused by viruses, are mild, and can be treated at home.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/croup.html/74193534-9eb3-4424-b13d-f36ab6db0fc4
Lungs and Respiratory SystemBy the time we're 70 years old, we will have taken at least 600 million breaths. All of this breathing couldn't happen without the respiratory system.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/lungs.html/6fe380c0-fe47-47a4-ba19-7e0944585a61
Word! BronchoconstrictionActually, bronchoconstriction affects the airways in a person's lungs.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/word-bronchoconstriction.html/5ced9e8f-5f9d-4a5b-b889-c04b49a78fcc
Your Lungs & Respiratory SystemWhat's something kids are doing all day, every day? Breathing! Your lungs are large and in charge of breathing, so read all about them in this article.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/kids/lungs.html/ccaece97-199b-462e-b662-19edf5fcb1dc
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