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We all know a child who seems to always be hoarse or that he is with little voice and that we colloquially say that he is aphonic. What you probably suffer from is vocal dysphonia.
Usually due to misuse or voice abuseAlthough there may be other causes, the voice loses its main characteristics and those recognizable signs appear such as hoarseness or partial absence of voice that could lead to vocal cord injuries such as nodules or polyps.
To who Guiainfantil.com You can find some tips to avoid dysphonia in children.
The best way that our children do not suffer these alterations is to instill in them what is called a correct vocal hygiene, that they are able to internalize the need to avoid certain harmful behaviors and automate other beneficial ones on a routine basis.
Next we will indicate some tips that will help us avoid childhood dysphonia:
1- Breathe by taking air through the nose: The nose serves as an air filter in addition to regulating its temperature and humidity and preventing dryness. Likewise, this breathing is more effective since the air reaches the lungs completely. It is important that they learn to perform diaphragmatic breathing.
2- Maintain adequate oral and nasal hygiene: In this way it is favored that children can breathe through their nose. They must be taught to blow their nose well and perform nasal washes. You also have to keep your mouth, teeth, tongue clean.
3- Drink water frequently: This way we will maintain good hydration of the vocal cords. In case of drinking other liquids these should be at room temperature, avoiding those very cold or very hot.
4- Avoid overexertion or vocal abuse: Do not yell or raise the volume of your voice when there is ambient noise. Speak only when the other person is around. Avoid speaking in places where there is high ambient noise (subway, bars, etc). Try not hawk or whisper. Limit the use of your voice when you have a cold, sore throat or other throat conditions. Speak slowly and without exhausting your air.
5- Promote rest: Sleep long enough to feel rested. Limit the use of your voice when you are tired or in pain.
6- Avoid contaminated or poorly ventilated environments: It is preferable to stay in well-ventilated rooms with a suitable degree of humidity and avoid sudden changes in temperature and dry places (heating, air conditioning too strong…), as well as places with smoke.
7- If you suffer from gastroesophageal reflux consult with the doctor to be controlled, as it can damage the vocal cords.
A high percentage of children with voice problems suffer by imitation to someone close to them so we must not forget that we must be the best role model for our children.
If despite our attempt to prevent dysphonia in our child, it appears or persists, we must go to a specialist who will indicate the best treatment for the improvement of his voice.
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