Children scream and play with their voices, often with their voices slightly damaged (dysphonia) or even voiceless in some cases (aphonia). That’s why it’s so important to make families aware of screening and treatment. Teaching how to identify when it comes to a specific problem or when it requires professional help.
We tell you the main risk indicators, the best help from home and the steps to follow if the child has voice problems.
Symptoms that indicate the child has voice problems
voice problems in children
In the presence of doubts and concerns about our children’s voices, it is normal to ask: Do I have enough indicators to worry about, can I do anything from home, who can I go to? Below, we summarize the three main risk indicators, the three best proposals to make at home and the three professionals to turn to if you feel the need arises.
The three main indicators of risk in terms of children’s voice problems:
1. Periodicity: It will be important to ask ourselves if the losses of voice are punctual, related to exceptional activities and events, or on the contrary they are more frequent and periodic weekly.
2. Time of day: It will also be important to ask ourselves if the voice gradually gets worse throughout the day due to fatigue and abuse, or on the contrary, from the first hour of the morning there is already a loss.
3. Severity: There may be only mild discomfort with throat clearing to clear the voice, or there may be some degree of discomfort or even signs of pain and discomfort.
The three best proposals from home:
Water: Drinking water helps to moisturize the mucous membranes of the vocal folds, so it is very healthy to drink before and after each intense activity. Trying to get the recommended 1-3 liters a day.
2. Vocal rest: In case of discomfort, pain or loss of voice, it is essential to keep a certain vocal rest. And while it is true that it is not always easy to look for quiet activities that promote silence, it is still highly desirable to the extent possible.
3. Environment: It will also be important to pay attention to the variables of our environment, for example, a noisy environment that causes us to raise our voices, an environment with smoke or excess air that can dry out the vocal mucosa or even very cold or very hot food.
The three professionals to turn to:
1. Pediatrician: you can be the first professional to contact us if you have any questions.
2. Otolaryngologist: will be responsible for imaging tests to confirm or rule out any possible vocal injury.
3. Speech therapist: will be the professional in charge of voice rehabilitation to offer guidelines and training for its improvement.