Noisy Breathing

Noisy Breathing – Stridor

If your child makes noises while breathing, it may be an indication of a respiratory problem.

Noisy breathing or a high-pitched, wheezing sound often called “stridor” typically indicates an airway obstruction. Laryngomalcia is the most common cause of stridor, but other causes include vocal chord paralysis, subglottic stenosis and external compression of the trachea.

There are three types of stridor; inspiratory, expiratory, biphasic. Each type of stridor is caused by a different mechanism and treatment is based on the type and severity.

At Pediatric ENT of Oklahoma, every treatment plan is customized to meet the needs of our young patients.