Your child will be cared for and closely watched in the intensive care unit (ICU) after surgery. The ICU doctors will closely monitor your child’s total care, while the ENT doctors will watch the airway. When your child is in the ICU, medicine will be given to help prevent her from pulling out her breathing tube. The medicine helps keep your child calm and rested.
Before the breathing tube is removed, often children return to the operating room for an ML&B to see how well the airway is healing. The ENT doctor will decide when the breathing tube should be removed.
Once the breathing tube is removed, your child’s breathing will be watched. When the medicines that make your child sleepy are stopped, some children shake and are unsteady (also called withdrawal) for a short period of time.
The ENT doctor will decide when the next ML&B is needed, usually before discharge.
Once breathing is stable, the child will move to the airway unit for close monitoring. Children stay in the hospital while they progress with breathing on their own, are healing and able to be fed by a tube in their stomach or food in their mouth.