Q. My 2. 8 year old cried hard and developed hoarse voice. Is that due to crying or infection?

Answered by
Dr. Parmar Vishal Himatlal
and medically reviewed by Dr.Nithila A
This is a premium question & answer published on May 08, 2019

Hello doctor,

My daughter who is 2.8 years old cried hard before two weeks and developed a hoarse voice the next day. It subsided in about three days. Before a week, I remember her throwing tantrums and crying hard for every small thing and again developed a hoarse voice. I gave warm water and honey, and it has subsided a lot.

Sometimes her voice sounds normal, and when she screams or cries, I can still feel her voice is a little hoarse. Is this hoarseness due to crying or could be any other infection? I read that hoarseness could occur due to cancer. I am a paranoid mother who gets scared after reading the stuff. She does not have any cold, cough and eats normally.

In spite of her hoarse voice, she is taking ice creams and cold stuff. If the hoarseness is due to any serious medical condition, would she have any accompanying symptoms? My main concern is cancer. What would be the symptoms of laryngeal cancer other than hoarseness? She is a very adamant kid and still screams if things do not go her way. Suggest remedies to get rid of hoarseness. Please remove my anxiety towards cancer.



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Relax do not worry. She does not have laryngeal cancer (vocal cord cancer), it is a vocal cord abuse. It is due to screaming she is having hoarseness of voice, so it is temporary. Give her warm water and if she can gargle then let her do it with salt water gargle. Based on your history I can understand that she has a minor behavior issue, typical of a toddler.

When she starts screaming then try to divert her attention, so you can stop her screaming. A positive note is that the child forgets quickly and so you can do it. If you still have some queries, then please visit ENT doctor and get her vocal cord checked.

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