Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: KC | 2011/01/30

Q.

Hoarse Voice

Hi Dr
Please can you offer some advice, I am not sure if I need to make an appointment with my paed this week or not? My two month old has in the last two days developed a hoarse voice. When he cries or makes his little noises, it sounds as if he is about to lose his voice. He does not seem sick in anyway but was a little fussy yesterday. He is normally a very calm, easy going baby and hardly cries so I can''t see that his voice has become hoarse from crying for too long. Not too sure what to do here?

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You have made a very good observation. The most common cause of hoarseness in such a young baby is due to reflux of milk and the acid contents of the stomach back up the oesophagus [the food pipe]. However there are other possible causes that need to be excluded in newborns.It is best to ask your paediatrician to see your baby.

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