ENT consultants advise parents to monitor children’s voice hoarseness resulting from the temperature changes of summer, viral infections, flu and the common diseases of the season, as the negative effects of this voice abnormality may last lifelong if not controlled at the early stage.
ENT consultants at the University Hospital Sharjah clarified that parents must avoid factors that lead to voice hoarseness such as allergies resulting from inhaling fumes, gases, or dust or concentrated chemical materials such as detergents, chronic cough and physical injuries such as tumours in the neck, chest, thyroid or lung, in addition to the common problem of sudden screaming which strains the voice.
ENT Consultant at the University Hospital Sharjah Dr Ahmed Al Waa said: “Voice hoarseness is common for children and students, and even for adults. The serious issue here is that parents may neglect this condition and not follow up, leading to permanent voice disorders. This could jeopardize the physical integrity of the patients and negatively affect their future.”
Dr Al Waa added: “Parents must check with qualified a consultant to identity the causes of voice hoarseness in order to accelerate recovery. When there is no response to treatment, the consultant may perform a laryngoscopy to evaluate the functions of vocal cords or larynx and to plan the appropriate treatment.”
He advised parents not to administer medication without supervision as some medicines may cause laryngoxerosis, chronic disease, or at the least delay recovery. He advised consuming enough liquids, avoiding deep cough in case of flu, and instructing children no to scream suddenly or speak exaggeratedly loud.
He recommended that educators or school administrators must prevent children with voice hoarseness from attendance and give them sick leave as they will have to strain their voice when communicating with their peers, which may deteriorate their condition, even lead to bleeding in the laryngeal mucous membrane.
ENT consultants at the University Hospital Sharjah advised parents not to take their children to crowded or noisy places such as malls or main roads when they are suffering from voice hoarseness. Children may have to yell to be heard in such places and such strenuous or abusive voice practices may cause vocal cord nodules and voice hoarseness. Children must rest their vocal cords, avoid speech and use sign language instead when possible until the vocal cords and throat recover.
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