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Noisy breathing in children can result from a variety of different conditions — some benign and others urgent. Depending on the characteristics of the noisy breathing, it will be classified as a stertor sound, a stridor sound or wheezing.
Pediatric primary care providers (PCPs) must be prepared to assess these cases, particularly when a child has an infectious process in addition to a potentially fragile or precarious airway. Common treatment options include both medical and surgical interventions. However, parents who would prefer natural remedies to medicines or surgery routinely challenge referring pediatricians.
In this podcast episode, Jeremy Prager, MD, talks us through the common issue of noisy breathing in pediatric patients. He begins by outlining the underlying causes and presentations of noisy breathing, then walks listeners through treatment options for noisy breathing in newborns, toddlers and older children.
Dr. Prager is a pediatric otolaryngologist, Director of the Aerodigestive Program at Children's Hospital Colorado and associate professor of otolaryngology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
Children and adolescents who present with noisy breathing are treated by the specialists in the Pediatric Pulmonology Clinic at Children's Colorado. Here, pediatric pulmonologists care for children with noisy breathing, shortness of breath, wheezing, cough, oxygen dependency, recurrent pneumonia and other pediatric breathing conditions. Refer a patient to Children's Colorado.