How To Treat Your Child At Home After A Bronchoscopy Procedure

If you have a young child, then you know that he or she will place almost anything in their mouth. If you are not quick enough to retrieve a small object, then your child is likely to swallow it. In some cases, the object can get stuck in the throat and a throat doctor will need to retrieve it. This will occur during a procedure called a bronchoscopy. After the procedure is completed, your child's throat may be sore. You will need to work with your child to reduce the discomfort and you also will need to make sure that any foreign objects that made their way down the esophagus are flushed out naturally.

Provide Fluids

Your child's throat will be quite sore after your throat doctor removes a foreign object. A rigid metal tube will be used during the procedure to retrieve the object from your son or daughter's throat, and this can cause a small amount of trauma to the esophagus. The foreign object itself may also scratch the tissues along the throat. This means that your child will likely find it painful and difficult to swallow.  

Soft foods way hurt the throat for several days, and this means that you should provide fluids consistently to keep your child hydrated. This will also keep your child from feeling hungry until solid foods can be eaten again.

Gradually Introduce Drinks

Immediately after the throat procedure is completed, make sure to provide your son or daughter with a great deal of ice cold water. Water will not sting the throat and the cool temperature will soothe the pain. Young children need between one and two liters of water a day. Provide small glasses of fluid throughout the day and allow your child to sip consistently. Two liters of water equal about 8.5 cups of water, so ask your child to drink one small glass of fluid about every hour while they are awake.

Once your child is comfortable drinking water, consider providing other fluids as well that provide some nutrients. You will need to stay away from fruit and vegetable juices though, because these fluids are acidic and they can burn the esophagus. Consider purchasing sports drinks, or give your child some soup broth. If your child can drink the fluids without any pain, consider making a nutritious milkshake for your child. Milk, yogurt, almonds, peanut butter, and bananas are all healthy foods you can add to your blender to mix up the drink.

Add Fiber to the Diet

Your child will likely be able to eat more solid foods a few days after the throat procedure. When your child feels better, start adding fiber to his or her diet. Fiber helps to bind stool together so that foreign objects in the digestive tract can be excreted normally. This is wise if you feel that your child fully swallowed a portion of the object that was stuck in the throat. Otherwise, the object may cause a constipation difficulty in the future.

 Provide Insoluble Fibers

Insoluble fibers are needed to add bulk to your child's stool. This means that you need to feed your child whole grain foods, nuts, broccoli, carrots, brown rice, onions, and lettuce. Try to introduce these foods slowly for several days. Otherwise, your child may experience an abundance of gas and abdominal cramping. Feed your child about one fiber containing food during mealtime and increase fiber intake until bowel movements seem regular.

Children will often place hard and small objects in the mouth, and sometimes these objects are swallowed. In some cases, the foreign matter can get stuck in the throat. You may need to seek out assistance from a throat doctor to remove the object. Afterwards, take care of your child at home by providing him or her with fluids and high fiber foods.