Hoarseness

Hoarseness in children is uncommon. Where this occurs the majority of children will be found to have vocal cord nodules. The commonest reason for this is shouting. Infrequently hoarseness arises due to recurrent respiratory papilloma.

If constant hoarseness is present for more than six weeks or there are feeding issues or stridor (noisy breathing), examination of the voice box with an endoscope in the out patients (laryngoscopy) alone will allow for a diagnosis and decisions for appropriate management in most cases. Vocal cord nodules respond well to Speech and Language Therapy exercises.

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