Posted by: morgan selemela | 2011/07/20



what is this?a paediatrician referd my baby for this.

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Laryngomalacia is a rather common cause of croup with noisy breathing in newborns or very young infants. It is due to a temporary softening of the cartilage of the voice box or larynx in the baby's upper airway. This condition usually disappears by itself without any problem and the noisy breathing then stops.This usually happens before the child is 18 months old.

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Posted by: paddy | 2011/07/22

Laryngomalcia was previously believed to be a self limiting condition but in practice the babies with this suffer from more respiratory problems than other children.

Another link that has been made as recently as 2006 is between laryngomalacia and GERD.

Parents of these children often report sleep apnea, frequent hospitalisation and a child that is generally more prone to attrack infections due to high mucus in their lungs and irretation to airways.

It does not pass at 18 months in all cases and no date can be fixed. Most is free of stridor by 2, hopefully the rate of infections lowers by 5, but some patients go through life with some ashmatic symptoms.

Please find yourself a doctor who will support you through the road, and not one that tells you it is common, causes no problems and will disappear soon. If that is the case they have not paid proper attention to the commonalities between these children.

I am raising a child like this myself and follow the material in journals and research. Do not google and believe what you read. Our doctor is supportive of us, and actually listen to what we say and even agreed that new children he diagnoses with this also have more difficulties with respiratory infections and GERD than others.

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