STRIDOR CAN BE A SYMPTOM OF SOMETHING SERIOUS

Stridor can be a symptom of something serious

Stridor -- not to be confused with those cool little Strider bicycles invented in Rapid City -- is a noisy, high-pitched sound when breathing. It occurs when the upper airway is blocked, either in the nose and sinuses or the trachea and larynx.

Stridor can be caused by many things. The following are some of the more common causes of stridor in children:

  • •Congenital defects in the child’s nose and throat, larynx, or trachea.
  • •Infections such as croup, epiglottitis, or tonsillitis.
  • •Swallowing toxic substances.
  • •Swallowing toxic substances or foreign objects that get caught in the airway.
  • •Injuries to the jaw or neck.
  • •Allergies that cause swelling in the throat.

Your pediatrician might refer you to an ENT specialist for treatment, which ranges from antibiotics to surgery.