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Hoarseness affects 6,000 children in the United States per year. The condition can be caused by many things including:
If your child has had a hoarse voice for longer than four weeks, then he or she should be evaluated by a pediatric otolaryngologist (ENT). Hoarseness can progress, or be a sign of a more serious condition, and it is critical that the diagnosis be accurate in order to provide effective treatment.
Our pediatric ENTs at the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology are trained to recognize the different causes of hoarseness in children. Accurate diagnosis is made by a combination of comprehensive history and physical, including listening to a child speak and breathe, and may include more advanced diagnostic tools. Our experts are experienced in determining the exact nature of your child’s hoarseness.
Your child’s diagnosis will include:
Hoarseness can be treated in a variety of ways. Depending on the diagnosis, your child’s pediatric ENT will recommend:
In rare instances, when necessary, surgery will be performed to:
Please call us at 443-997-6467 (443-997-OHNS) to make an appointment at any of our three locations.