Noisy breathing that is not due to another passing illness, such as cold or upper respiratory tract infection. There are two types: congenital stridor and acute stridor.
Congenital stridor is noisy breathing that is present, more or less, from birth. It will worsen until the age of three to six months, start to improve around 12 months and then disappear around 18 months. Congenital stridor does not need any treatment if the child is feeding normally and otherwise completely well.
Acute stridor is when a child suddenly develops noisy breathing. This is because her airway has become partially obstructed, possibly due to an allergic reaction, croup (see “C”) or an object has become lodged in her throat. Acute stridor needs immediate medical attention because the airway obstruction could prevent your child from breathing and become lifethreatening.
Harsh, vibratory sound when breathing
Acute stridor requires urgent medical attention. Doctors will treat the cause of the obstruction.
Congenital stridor requires no special treatment; it will resolve itself by 18 months. However, it is advisable to see a doctor to ensure it is nothing more serious.
Always see your doctor if stridor accompanies other signs of illness, especially fever.
ACUTE STRIDOR IS WHEN A CHILD SUDDENLY DEVELOPS NOISY BREATHING