Treatments for Diphtheria in Children

Traditional treatments for diphtheria:

  • Antibiotics are usually effective in treating respiratory diphtheria before it releases toxins in the blood
  • An antitoxin can be given in combination with the antibiotics, if diphtheria is suspected
  • A tracheostomy (a breathing tube surgically inserted in the windpipe) may be necessary if your child has severe breathing difficulties.