Stridor can be caused by many things. The following are some of the more common causes of stridor in children:
Other conditions may also cause stridor. For example, problems with the brain may interfere with normal breathing. Or an allergic reaction may cause swelling of the airways. And tumors may also block the airways.
The main symptom of stridor is the noise that is heard while your child breathes. The sound of stridor depends on where the blockage is in your child’s upper respiratory tract.
If your child has stridor that comes back, he or she may have trouble eating and drinking, and poor weight gain.
The healthcare provider will ask about your child’s symptoms and health history. He or she will give your child a physical exam. The provider may refer you to an ear, nose, and throat specialist (ENT).
If your child has stridor, the healthcare provider may order tests to find the cause. The tests may include:
Treatment will depend on your child’s symptoms, age, and general health. It will also depend on how severe the condition is.
Your child’s healthcare provider may simply watch and recheck your child for certain conditions that cause stridor. Treatment may include:
Call your child’s healthcare provider if your child makes a noisy or high-pitched sound while breathing.
Call 911 or get medical help right away if your child has signs or symptoms of severe blockage of the airway. These signs may include:
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your child’s healthcare provider: