A speaking valve is a one way valve that fits over the tracheostomy tube. The valve only allows air to be breathed in via the tracheostomy. When one exhales, the valve closes and air is pushed up via the larynx (the voice box) to exit via the nose and mouth. This facilitates improvements in voice, cough, smell and taste, and secretion management.
All children aren’t able to tolerate wearing a speaking valve. If your child is referred for a speaking valve test, a nurse and speech pathologist will test whether the valve will be safe and comfortable for your child to wear. Also it is important if your child doesn’t feel any pain while using the valve. There are many other options for your child if communication is necessary.
Cleaning a valve is not a very difficult task. The first step is to wash it in warm and soapy water. We have to avoid touching the membrane of the valve as it is very delicate. Then we have to rinse the valve very thoroughly with tap water. Next, leave the valve to air-dry on a clean surface overnight. And voila we have a clean valve!
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