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A 25-year-old female asked:

what can hoarseness in infants mean?

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Dr. Thomas Rothfeld
Specializes in Pediatrics
Various things: You didn't mention if this was sudden or chronic. Sudden hoarseness can mean a baby has a foreign body in her throat or can be related to a viral illness, such as croup. If having distress, call 911 or seek immediate help. Hoarseness related to crying can be related to tracheomalacia (the larynx is soft and collapses). If it is persistent, check with your doctor.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of hoarseness in infants?

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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 36 years experience
A variety of causes: Hoarseness in infants can be from a variety of causes. Babies can have reflux and chronic irritation of the airway from the spitting up can cause hoarseness. Viral illness can cause short-term hoarseness. Some babies are born with a paralyzed vocal cord. Babies can have papillomas on their vocal cords (especially if the mother had known genital warts at some time in her life).

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