Epiglottitis

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    Epiglottitis is very serious and requires immediate emergency treatment.

Epiglottitis is a life-threatening bacterial infection that occurs when the epiglottis swells, obstructing the flow of air into your child's lungs.

The epiglottis is a small piece of cartilage or flap that sits at the base of the tongue that covers the windpipe which keeps food from going into the trachea (windpipe).

The Hib vaccine, which prevents epiglottitis, has made this condition very rare. Epiglottitis is an unusual infection that usually occurs in children 2 to 8 years of age.

Family and close contacts that have been exposed to a child with epiglottitis will also need to take an antibiotic.

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