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What are the causes of hoarseness in infants?

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In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Sharon Gilliland
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics
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In brief: Vocal Cord Problem

Persistent hoarseness in a newborn is not considered normal and should always be checked out by a pediatrician and possibly a specialist.
It can be caused by problems with the vocal cord themselves, with the part of the brain that controls the vocal cords, by "floppy" cartilage in the windpipe or by a mass pushing on the area of the vocal cords.

In brief: Vocal Cord Problem

Persistent hoarseness in a newborn is not considered normal and should always be checked out by a pediatrician and possibly a specialist.
It can be caused by problems with the vocal cord themselves, with the part of the brain that controls the vocal cords, by "floppy" cartilage in the windpipe or by a mass pushing on the area of the vocal cords.
Dr. Scott Katz
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