• Alternative Names

    Bacterial tracheitis; Acute bacterial tracheitis


    The child often needs to have a tube placed into the airways to help with breathing. This is called an endotracheal tube.

    The child will receive antibiotics through a vein. The health care team will closely monitor the child's breathing and use oxygen, if needed.

    Support Groups

    Expectations (prognosis)

    With prompt treatment, the child should recover.

    • Airway obstruction -- can lead to death
    • Toxic shock syndrome -- if caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus

    Calling your health care provider

    Tracheitis is an emergency medical condition. Go to the emergency room if your child has had a recent upper respiratory infection and suddenly has a high fever, a cough that gets worse, and trouble breathing.