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What can hoarseness in infants mean?

What can hoarseness in infants mean?

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. ...Read more

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Hoarse Voice (Definition)

Hoarseness is having difficulty producing sound when trying to speak, or a change in the pitch or quality of the voice. The voice may sound weak, very breathy, scratchy, or husky. Hoarseness is usually caused by a problem in the vocal cords. Most cases of hoarseness occur with swelling (inflammation) ...Read more


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What are the causes of hoarseness in infants?

What are the causes of hoarseness in infants?

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). ...Read more

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3mnt old baby came home from daycare hoarse. Should I be worried?

3mnt old baby came home from daycare hoarse. Should I be worried?

Abruptly hoarse: There are several causes of hoarseness in infants, but abrupt development of this is usually caused by viral infections, coughing/vomiting or prolonged periods of crying. ...Read more

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Baby's voice hoarse from crying it out. Can this cause any damage?

Baby's voice hoarse from crying it out. Can this cause any damage?

Baby nodules: There is no proof that 'crying it out' causes permanent damage to the voice. However, you should make sure that baby is well-hydrated otherwise. This phase shouldn't last very long, though, so seek the advice of your pediatrician if you can't establish healthy sleep patterns with baby. ...Read more

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Our baby seems to have a very hoarse voice for the past 4 days no other symptoms. she is quite normal otherwise. What would cause it? Thanks

Our baby seems to have a very hoarse voice for the past 4 days no other symptoms. she is quite normal otherwise. What would cause it? Thanks

Hoarseness of voice : Hoarseness of voice in children commonly caused by excessive screaming, crying, or coughing. Other causes include GERD, allergy or throat infection. Keep your baby properly hydrated and use humidified air. If the condition persist, consult a pediatrician. ...Read more

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My baby girl is 6 months she just got her shots 4 days ago and now has severe hoarseness and is now congested what do we do?

My baby girl is 6 months she just got her shots 4 days ago and now has severe hoarseness and is now congested what do we do?

Viral: It sounds like your baby has a cold, unrelated to her vaccines. You can use nasal saline drops for the congestion and cool humidified air for the hoarseness. If she does not get better over the next few days, you should take her to her doctor to be checked. ...Read more

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My 8 month old baby sounds hoarse all the time when chattering or crying. I took him to a dr a month ago but she could not find anything wrong.?

My  8 month old baby sounds hoarse  all the time when chattering or crying. I took him to a dr a month ago but she could not find anything wrong.?

You may need to see: An ENT doctor, but visualizing the vocal cords requires sedation or anaesthesia. It would be worthwhile if your baby has any trouble breathing or feeding or appears to be in pain. I agree with pursuing an evaluation for reflux before an invasive procedure. ...Read more

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My baby’s throat is red, she’s been coughing, and she sounds hoarse, should I call the doctor?

My baby’s throat is red, she’s been coughing, and she sounds hoarse, should I call the doctor?

Maybe: Sore throats, coughing and congestion are usually caused by viruses...Which go away on their own. Well appearing infants without fever do not need to see their pediatrician. If your infant has a fever, is breathing quickly, is not eating or drinking, or generally doesn't look well, then you should definitely call your doctor. ...Read more

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