There are many reasons why children’s voices may sound different in quality, loudness or pitch, to those of their friends, brothers and sisters. Your child’s speech and language therapist and/or ENT doctor will explain the specific reason why your own child is having voice difficulties. Whatever the reason, we know that there are certain things that your child can do to make the most of their voice. There may also be things that they are doing that make the problem worse. This page from Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) is designed to help you to encourage your child to produce a healthy and efficient voice.
Reducing the strain and damage to your child’s voice box
Avoid shouting and loud voice
Encourage your child not to use strange throat noises and not to imitate characters with unhealthy voices
Avoid coughing and throat-clearing
Avoid long conversations or other prolonged voice use
Encourage quiet play activities
Encourage the use of smooth, easy voice
Our voices respond to how we feel
Keeping the voice box protected with healthy mucus
Drink lots of water
Avoid coke, tea, coffee and some energy drinks
Be aware that certain medicines can encourage drying and dehydration
Keep the air in your home healthy
Keeping track of your child’s voice care
Please note this is a generic GOSH information sheet. If you have specific questions about how this relates to your child, please ask your doctor. Please note this information may not necessarily reflect treatment at other hospitals.