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Hoarseness in a child: trivial or serious cause?

Hoarseness in a child: trivial or serious cause?


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Hoarseness in a child is most often caused by an infection of the upper respiratory tract. This is the basic symptom of pharyngitis. However, sometimes it can have more serious causes. For example, it is sometimes a symptom of hypothyroidism.

Hoarseness in a child: pharyngitis or laryngitis?

Hoarseness leading to a change in voice and difficulty speaking is most often a sign of a pharyngitis or laryngitis infection.

It is easy to recognize typical upper respiratory tract infections, because they are also accompanied by: dryness, burning, scratching in the throat, additional pain and a dry tiring cough. Sometimes there is also a fever and runny nose.

Hoarseness in a child: strained voice

Hoarseness does not necessarily mean infection. It can be caused by voice strain. The child can overload the vocal cords, screaming or crying loudly.

Hoarseness in a child: an allergy

Chronic hoarseness in a child, lasting more than 2 weeks, can be caused by an allergy. Additional symptoms to look out for are wheezing, shortness of breath, and bronchial asthma.

Treatment of allergic hoarseness requires a visit to the allergist, identification of the allergen, if possible, exclusion and use of appropriate medications.

Hoarseness in a child: hypothyroidism

Hoarseness in children can be caused by hormonal disorders, including hypothyroidism most often. If the child gets tired quickly, does not grow, refuses to eat, has dry skin and hair, you should consult a pediatrician. Perhaps the cause is abnormal thyroid function. Suspicion should not be ignored, but blood hormones and thyroid should be examined during ultrasound.

Hoarseness in a child: gastroesophageal reflux disease

Gastroesophageal reflux disease is a condition in which the acid content of the stomach passes into the esophagus. Reflux occurs in almost all young children, and is also very popular in older children. It may lead to inflammation of the larynx, trachea, bronchus and even lungs. As a consequence, hoarseness of recurrent nature may also be a frequent symptom, which may be accompanied by burning behind the breastbone. Your child may also complain of stomach ache.

Treatment of hoarseness caused by reflux should focus on removing the cause of the discomfort.

How to treat hoarseness in children?

The basis is finding the cause of the problem. It is advisable to use the following methods on an ad hoc basis:



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