Conditions + Treatments

Stridor in Children

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Stridor is a high-pitched sound that is usually heard best when your child breathes in (known as “inspiration”). It’s usually caused by an obstruction or narrowing in your child's upper airway.

  • The exact sound of stridor depends on location of the obstruction.
  • Sometimes, stridor is heard when your child breathes in and when she breathes out.
  • Children’s upper airways are shorter and narrower than those of adults, and, therefore, more likely to lead to problems with obstruction.

At Boston Children's Hospital, the Center for Airway Disorders (CAD) provides care and state-of-the-art medical and surgical treatment to children with stridor and other problems involving the airway, pulmonary and upper digestive tract. The center is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of specialists from various fields who provide comprehensive assessment, treatment and follow-up care.


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