Pediatric Laryngitis

Laryngitis occurs when vocal cords become inflamed or irritated, leading to a hoarse voice.


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What is Pediatric Laryngitis?

Vocal cords are located in the larynx or voice box. When we speak, they vibrate to create sound. When vocal cords are inflamed or irritated, they can’t vibrate properly, leading to a hoarse voice. This is called laryngitis.

What are the different types of Pediatric Laryngitis?

There are two types of laryngitis:


Acute is the most common type of laryngitis. It is caused by an illness or vocal strain and is a temporary condition.


Chronic laryngitis that lasts longer than three weeks. It is caused by long-term exposure to an irritant, illness or an injury.

What are the signs and symptoms of Pediatric Laryngitis?

  • Dry cough
  • Dry throat
  • Fever
  • Hoarse voice
  • No voice
  • Sore throat
  • Swollen lymph nodes or glands
  • Throat irritation/tickle

What are the causes of Pediatric Laryngitis?

Laryngitis can be caused by a number of factors including:

  • Acid reflux (GERD)
  • Allergies
  • Bacterial infection
  • Bronchitis
  • Common cold
  • Croup 
  • Epiglottitis – inflammation of the tissue that covers the trachea and caused by a bacterial infection.
    This is a life-threatening condition.
  • Exposure to chemicals or allergens
  • Injury
  • Sinus infections
  • Smoking
  • Sore throat
  • Viruses
  • Yelling or cheering

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