The vocal cord dysfunction team at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware gets kids back to the activities they love. We use advanced tests and nonsurgical therapies to help children breathe easier.
Vocal cord dysfunction in children can be hard to diagnose. It looks a lot like asthma. It causes breathing problems and coughing, often after exercise or stressful activity. It can also be related to viruses, irritants or digestive issues.
Our program is the only one in the region that brings together ear, nose and throat doctors, a laryngologist (surgeon with special training in voice and airway), pulmonologists and speech and language experts. We assess your child as a team, which can mean earlier diagnosis and treatment.
We can often improve vocal cord function with speech and language therapy. This helps improve breathing awareness, speaking methods and more. If your child has an underlying condition, we’ll get them the right care, right here.
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Vocal cord dysfunction is when the vocal cords close instead of open when breathing in, blocking the airways. Learn more about symptoms, causes and treatments from the Nemours experts at KidsHealth.org.Read More
Our vocal cord dysfunction program is the only one of its kind in the tristate area. We’re part of a recognized pediatric Voice Program that treats rare and complex conditions.
Kids with vocal cord dysfunction can have “attacks” caused by certain triggers. Our speech and language pathologists teach children how to relax the vocal cords and prevent or stop an attack. See how it works.
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