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Many things can cause your child's voice to become rough, raspy, or hard to hear. Having a cold or a sinus infection, yelling or talking too loudly, being exposed to smoke, or breathing dry air can cause a hoarse voice. Your child also can have voice problems from pollution and allergies. Sometimes acid from the stomach can back up into the throat—called acid reflux—and change your child's voice. In some cases, a problem with the voice box, or larynx, causes hoarseness.
Rest and home care may be all your child needs to care for a hoarse voice.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: April 15, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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