Medically Speaking: Noisy Breathing in Children

November 12, 2019

In this episode of Medically Speaking, Texas Children’s Chief of Otolaryngology Dr. Anna Messner discusses different kinds of noisy breathing in children, particularly stridor – a typically high-pitched breathing sound. Messner outlines different varieties of stridor, the typical causes, the risks associated with each and ways to address these issues.

“A baby’s breathing should be relatively quiet,” said Messner. “It’s important to pay attention to different types of noisy breathing, as they can sometimes indicate a more serious problem.”

In her talk, Messner discusses the red flags that medical providers should be on the lookout for, which include:

  • High-pitched stridor
  • A child using accessory muscles to assist in breathing
  • Feeding issues or a failure to gain weight
  • Severe reflux

Learn more about Texas Children’s expertise in the treatment of common and complex conditions of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck in the Division of Otolaryngology.

About Medically Speaking
Medically Speaking, a video series from Texas Children’s Service Line Marketing, features some of the brightest minds from several Texas Children’s specialty and subspecialty areas. The series is meant to be a helpful educational resource for parents and a convenient way for physicians and other caregivers to stay up-to-date on the latest in pediatric medicine. Viewers can watch talks on a variety of interesting topics, including advancements in surgery, breakthroughs in research, new clinical trials, and novel and back-practice treatments for specific conditions.

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