KidsMD Health Topics

Hoarseness

  • Vocalization happens when vocal cords move together and vibrate for the production of a normal voice. Any process that affects the structure or function of the vocal cords can lead to a hoarse voice.

    • The most common cause of hoarseness in children is related to colds or flu, which can cause inflammation. This type of hoarseness usually goes away once the cold symptoms have resolved.
    • Sometimes, children experience hoarseness due to vocal cord nodules. These occur as a result of constant shouting, screaming, or singing. You can think of these nodules like calluses that form on the vocal cords from vigorous vocal usage. Once your otolaryngologist has confirmed the presence of these vocal nodules, the mainstay of therapy is through a speech therapist. Your therapist will train your child to use vocalization techniques that will not strain the voice. Sometimes, nodules do not respond to this conservative therapy and surgical intervention is required.
    • Less common causes of hoarseness include immobility of the vocal cord, polyps or cysts on the vocal cords, foreign bodies in the airway and tumors. A complete examination by your otolaryngologist will rule out these conditions.


    Boston Children's Hospital 

    300 Longwood Avenue
    Boston MA 02115 
    617-355-6460
  • In depth text

Request an Appointment

If this is a medical emergency, please dial 9-1-1. This form should not be used in an emergency.

Patient Information
Date of Birth:
Contact Information
Appointment Details
Send RequestIf you do not see the specialty you are looking for, please call us at: 617-355-6000.International visitors should call International Health Services at +1-617-355-5209.
Please complete all required fields

This department is currently not accepting appointment requests online. Please call us at: 617-355-6000. International +1-617-355-6000.

This department is currently not accepting appointment requests online. Please call us at: 617-355-6000. International +1-617-355-6000.

Thank you.

Your request has been successfully submitted

You will be contacted within 1 business day.

If you have questions or would like more information, please call:

617-355-6000 +1-617-355-6000
close
Find a Doctor
Search by Clinician's Last Name or Specialty:
Select by Location:
Search by First Letter of Clinician's Last Name: *ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
BrowseSearch
Condition & Treatments
Search for a Condition or Treatment:
Show Items Starting With: *ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ
View allSearch
Locations
The future of pediatrics will be forged by thinking differently, breaking paradigms and joining together in a shared vision of tackling the toughest challenges before us.”
- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO
Close