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What increases my child's risk for tracheitis?

Tracheitis can affect any child regardless of age. A young child is considered most at risk for tracheitis, however, because the small trachea could quickly become blocked by swelling.

A recent viral infection of the upper respiratory system makes a child more susceptible to getting tracheitis. A child who already has croup seems to be at increased risk for tracheitis, but tracheitis rarely develops in a child with croup.

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