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What is the upper airway?
The upper airway is made up of the following structures in the upper respiratory system:
inside the face, around the bridge of the nose
present at birth and continues to grow
inside the face, around the cheeks
inside the face, in the area of the forehead
does not develop until around 7 years of age
deep in the face, behind the nose
does not develop until adolescence
What causes stridor?
There are many different causes of stridor. A disease may cause stridor, but so may a problem with the anatomical structure of your child's airway. The following are some of the more common causes of stridor in children:
Congenital causes (problems present at birth):
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