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Content updated on Nov 2, 2022

What is laryngomalacia?

A birth defect characterized by the softening of the tissues above the larynx (voice box). The laryngeal structure is malformed and floppy, causing the tissues to fall over the airway opening and partially block it.

Symptoms of laryngomalacia

  • Feeling breathless

  • Noisy breathing; e.g. wheezing, rattling

  • Child's skin turns pale or blue after crying

  • Child is not drinking any fluids

  • Child refuses to eat

Questions your doctor may ask to check for laryngomalacia

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose laryngomalacia

  • Are you breathless or having hard time breathing?

  • Is your breathing noisy; e.g. wheezing, rattling?

  • Does the child's skin turn pale or blue after crying?

  • Is your child not drinking any fluids?

  • Does your child refuse to feed or has problems feeding?

Treatment for laryngomalacia

In the majority of cases, laryngomalacia goes away on its own within one year. However, if the laryngomalacia is severe, medication or surgery may be necessary. If gastroesophageal reflux (GERD) is contributing to the laryngomalacia, an anti-reflux medication may be prescribed.

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