What causes hoarseness?

Chronic hoarseness is most often caused by:

  • Vocal cord nodules (caused by excessive shouting, screaming or crying) Persistent coughing
  • Vocal cord growths (cysts, papilloma)
  • Vocal cord weakness (palsy)
  • Acid reflux (regurgitation)


How can it be treated?

If your child has chronic hoarseness, it is important to consult with an ear, nose and throat specialist who will be able to conduct a range of tests. These tests will allow the specialist to analyse the movements and vibrations of the vocal cords, and also rule out any other possible medical conditions that may be causing the problem. Most causes of hoarseness in childhood can be treated with speech therapy, but evaluation is necessary to look for causes that require surgical intervention.