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The voice is an instrument that both children and adults use daily and if it is not cared for and protected properly, it can become damaged, with manifestations of pain and discomfort. Speech therapists usually speak of dysphonia or slightly damaged voice and aphonia or total loss of voice. In addition to educating and training the voice, a recent study carried out by experts from the Claros Otorhinolaryngology Clinic in Barcelona, has stated that children who sing in a choir are less at risk for voice disorders.
And it is that according to this study, in which 1,500 children between 8 and 14 years old have participated where they have been compared to those who sang in a choir and those who did not, singing in a choir is a way to train the voice and, therefore of have better voice health.
Another of the conclusions of this report is that, for example, heartburn or regurgitation problems is greater among non-singers, although the study also explains that other diseases such as laryngopharyngeal reflux, are greater among participants in a children's choir than among those who are not in one.
He voice care it can influence people's long-term personal and professional lives. For children, during school, shouting and playing with the voice are daily activities. Singing and playing instruments such as the harmonica or the flute are also usually so, which also require a significant vocal effort.
Faced with all these daily and occasional situations, we consider it very important to educate families, schools and extracurricular music about a correct previous voice training and to provide them with easy guidelines for detection and treatment when difficulties are observed, teaching them to identify when it is a specific problem or when it requires professional help.
Often, due to lack of time and / or knowledge of vocal technique, we tend to find efforts that harm rather than benefit the voice of children. Therefore, from Guiainfantil.com we advise you:
- Drink plenty of water before, during and after vocal activity.
- Neck exercises for stretching and relaxation of the muscles close to the larynx or organ responsible for the voice, before and after activity. For example, perform movements by tilting the head forward, backward, sideways, and in a circle.
- Language exercises for relaxation also indirectly of the laryngeal muscles, before and after activity. Here you have a very simple idea: the r's and / or vibrations maintained as if they were farts.
- Vocal control exercises to prepare the voice at the level of intensity and resonance, among other important parameters, being good to repeat sounds, words and phrases at the volume level and with a melody.
When asked "Should I be concerned if my child often suffers from aphonia in children and dysphonia?" The answer is also yes and no at the same time. It will depend on three important factors, such as the periodicity, the time of day and the degree of voice involvement. Therefore, before going to a specialist (pediatrician, speech therapist, otorhinolaryngolo, etc.) it is important to ask ourselves:
- Are aphonia / dysphonia very occasional throughout the month or year or, on the contrary, are they frequent throughout the week? If they are specific, perhaps they can be related to exceptional activities and events, but if it is something more frequent it is possible that there may be some damage to the vocal cords and voice.
- Does the voice gradually get worse throughout the day or is it already affected from first thing in the morning? If the voice gradually worsens throughout the day, it could be related to fatigue and overexertion; if, on the contrary, it happens from first thing in the morning, vocal alterations should be ruled out.
- Is the voice little or very affected? If the loss of voice is practically complete and with obvious discomfort, it could be an alteration that requires revision by an otolaryngologist or pediatrician; otherwise, slightly scratched voices are less bass.
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