STRIDOR (NOISY BREATHING)
This is noisy breathing that is present from birth. It can be ignored if
the child is feeding normally and looks well in all respects. It
resolves spontaneously and does not need any treatment. It is noticed
usually after the first week or two and appears to get worse until the
age of 3 to 6 months. After the child crosses his first birthday, it
usually decreases, to disappear around 18 months. The child’s voice is
Seek immediate medical attention if a child develops a sudden onset
of noisy breathing.
Stridor of acute origin is discussed at length under Croup.
Acute stridor could also be due to a foreign body, smoke or severe allergy.
7 March, 2016