Language - Speech Therapy

Hoarseness in children


Voice is a fundamental communication tool that we use every day, both adults and children. Disorders that affect the vocal cords and prevent us from having good oral health affect children and young people in a special way, since they require language education and care of the parts of our body that intervene in the process speech.

One of the most common examples of these disorders is aphonia, alterations in the voice that sometimes cause sore throats, irritation or a sensation of dryness. The most serious cases are called dysphonia and can lead to string injuriessuch as vocal nodules and polyps.

The youngest are habitual patients of these annoyances and it is very important to teach them to speak correctly, in the same way that they are educated to eat healthy or to stay warm when it is cold.

Often, aphonia in children are derived from diseases that have affected their throat or respiratory system. Colds, flu, laryngitis or childhood asthma are very common pathologies that can cause loss of voice.

Hoarseness is also caused by bad behaviors. If the child is used to screaming and raising his voice, his vocal cords may be damaged. The same happens if you live in a family environment in which these habits are frequent and that you may end up imitating.

Other causes of this disorder include excessive cold, either environmental or from consuming drinks and food at low temperatures that damage your throat. In addition, abusing spicy foods, tobacco smoke or bad breath, using only the mouth, can cause infantile aphonia.

Infant aphonia should be treated based on the cause that caused it. If it is due to the behavior of the child, who is used to screaming and raising his voice, it is essential that we talk with him and explain that it is a very harmful habit. We must also be an example for them and apply the same recommendation.

In the case of aphonia caused by pharyngitis or other diseases, there are home remedies that relieve symptoms and soothe pain and irritation in the child's vocal cords. Drink plenty of water, mallow and chamomile infusions and foods with vitamin A, such as carrots or oranges are the most recommended.

In the case of long-lasting aphonia, it is recommended that the parents go to a specialist to determine the origin of the disorder. If it is due to bad breathing habits, a speech therapist can teach the child how to breathe well and educate the correct way to use his voice.

Patricia garcia. Editor of our site

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