|Suctioning and children with Cerebral Palsy|
This page goes into details on suctioning the child with cerebral palsy. You must be trained in suctioning techniques by your health care professional or a home health professional before you try the procedure on your own.
“Note: You must be trained in suctioning techniques by your health care professional or a home health professional before you try the procedure on your own.
Some children need help in clearing their airway of mucus. Suctioning will help clear the airway, but this procedure should only be performed with the child needs it. Suction your child under the following circumstances: (1) when you hear your child make wet breathing sounds, as if air is being pushed through wet mucus; (2) when your child is having difficulty breathing and is restless; or (3) when your child’s color is paler than usual and the nostrils are flaring out. The child will probably gag or cough when you use a suction catheter.
The following description of the procedure for suctioning is provided only as a memory refresher for caregivers who have already been trained to do the procedure by a doctor or another health care professional. No one who doesn’t feel comfortable doing the procedure should attempt to do it alone. Do not attempt to suction your child if you have not been trained to do so.
You will need the following equipment for the procedure:
You can make up the cool salt water, or saline, solution by mixing 3/4 teaspoon of table salt with 2 cups of water. Boil this mixture, and then cool it. After it has cooled, place it in the refrigerator in a clean glass jar.
To clean the tubing, follow these steps: