Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: KC | 2011-12-06

Q.

Hoarse Voice

Good Day Dr.
Recently my one year old has started developing a hoarse voice. It comes and goes and sounds as though he has laryngitis or the early symptoms of croup but nothing materializes and he has no ''sick'' symptoms. A few times he has woken up from his afternoon nap with this terribly hoarse voice. It sounds as though he is losing his voice. Other times it just seems to gradually start during the day but by the next morning it is back to normal and it may be another day or so before he starts again with it. Is this anything to be concerned about?
Please can you also give me an indication of where he is on the growth chart as in his early months we had a few problems and at one stage he had dropped below the 3rd percentile. At one, he is 9kgs and 74cms.
Thank you for your assistance and advise. It is always appreciated!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

You are very welcome.Of course your baby son should not have a hoarse voice. In children of his age the most common cause is a post nasal drip problem, but you say that he is well and is probably not coughing. Another possible cause is the early stages of a temporary condition of unknown cause seen in young children known as 'spasmodic croup' It will help to use a humidifier with just water in it in his room at night.The average weight for ababy boy of 12 months is 9.8kg and height 76cm Your baby son's weight and height are on the 25th percentile, the lowest 25% of babies of his age on the infant growth chart.\there is no need for concern if he is happy and seems well [apart from his hoarse voice] He may just be following a family growth pattern

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