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Pediatric Airway & Voice Disorders Treatment Information
One of the most common airway disorders in children is obstructive sleep apnea. Among the causes of obstructed airways are infections and allergies. These may interfere with breathing through the nose or obstruct the throat and make breathing difficult.
When infection or allergy causes the obstruction, medical treatment, adapting your household or changing your child’s behavior may sometimes solve the problem. Such problems as enlarged tonsils or congenital defects often require surgery to correct sleep apnea. About 80 percent of the time, removal of the tonsils or adenoids or surgical correction of another airway obstruction solves the problem. If apnea continues, we may need to investigate further to determine what other treatment is necessary. It is important to have your child treated for airway problems because they may create difficulties for him or her and eventually cause heart problems to develop.
We sometimes perform sleep studies on children to determine the nature of their apnea and its cause. A sleep study after treatment can confirm the success of changes made to correct your child’s airway disorder.
Voice disorders may disrupt your child’s social development. If he or she cannot form words properly, your child may not acquire language skills at a normal rate. Problems such as a cleft palate or other malformations of the face, mouth or neck require surgery to reconstruct the normal or near-normal formations necessary for breathing, voice and speech.
When your child is ready, we also provide speech therapy to help make up for delayed development. Once we treat the underlying disorders to restore normal voice function, children can improve their language skills.
A key element of our treatment for these disorders is family involvement. Each child and family has unique needs—medically, emotionally and socially. Our physicians and therapists work with you to develop a treatment plan that works for your child and for you. We need your help and participation to ensure the best long-term outcome.
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Pediatric Airway & Voice Disorders Support Services
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A Sampling of Pediatric Airway & Voice Disorders Support Services
National Sleep Foundation
This site provides valuable information about how snoring may affect children and indicate underlying medical problems.
The Voice Foundation
On this site you can find information about voice disorders in children and how they are treated.