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remedies for lost voice? Thumbwitch, are you around? anyone else?
My ds (teen) is prone to loss of voice, just wondered if anyone can link this to some kind of deficiency or knows of home remedies to help prevent or restore the voice.
This happens usually in winter months, he doesn't get a cold with it, just can't get the sound out of his throat. Once or twice it happened the day after he went swimming, but not always. He would get this 2-3 times in winter months on and off (has been going on like that for at least 3 winters now).
This used to happen to a friend of mine. She would whisper - which is apparently the worst thing you can do when you lose your voice. After several years of this she had to maintain complete silence for months to give her voicebox time to recover.
So I would say, when he loses his voice he should not try to talk.
I am not a specialist, but hoarse/lost voice is to do with the vocal chords being swollen and hence not being able to swing freely or at all.
Minor viral illness often cause this.
Another cause can be the voice being 'forced' - so common problem for people who project their voice incorrectly (lecturers, singers, public speakers of any kind).
I am not aware that swimming has anything to do with it.
Speechtherapy will assess him and then show him exercises re breathing/voice control to avoid this happening. ENT are sometimes required to refer to speechtherapy, in some areas GPs can refer directly to SALT (speech and language therapy). ENT can also assess the vocal chords/voice box to make sure there is no structural reason for the voice problem.
Oh, thank you, I will ask him to see speech and lang people at school as a start. Viral is a possibility with all tghe bugs around, hope the throat stopped them getting further. MmeL, that's very interesting, he himself feels that he doesn't want to try and talk, so it must be a natural "reflex" for him, I didn't know that and said, try whispering
hello, I am here - but I don't think I can offer anything useful apart from he needs to see someone - so you'll need to go to the GP and get them to refer him to the ENT for a check over.
Stress can cause voice loss, as well as pharyngitis/laryngitis - but pharyngitis/laryngitis usually hurts, so you can tell what's going on. Stress is more difficult.
Is your DS naturally shy? Does he have troubles expressing himself and asking for what he wants? If so, it could be a psychosomatic extension of that - but if not, then more likely to be something physical.
Is his voice, when it is around, hoarse at all? He might have nodules on his vocal chords. But he needs to have it looked at to say for sure.
both possibilities could apply Recently re-joined choir so using voice more - I in fact had thought it would be good for him to improve speech muscles etc as he does have some floppy facial muscles and possibly others too. And yes, he does find it hard to express himself mostly due to past physical factors/neuro problems, so stress could be a factor although he hasn't been stressed much in recent weeks - except for going back to school after Christmas break. How on earth could we improve all this? I always find that a minor symptom could be linked to quite a lot more
Pacific, that's quite impressive to hear He is seen by a speech and lang therapist at school weekly, although not sure whether this was on the agenda before. Do you think I need to aim higher? Do you think the school can make a referral - if so is it ENT or is there another non-school Sp&Lang part of ENT we need? Thing is if he gets better in a few weeks/days, then there will be no proof that there was anything wrong and they will say, oh it was a virus.
Sorry, I have no idea whether the school can refer further. If he is already seeing SALT maybe bring the voice thing up? And also get a referral to ENT IMO. If it is a recurring problem, even if it gets better at times, he should still be assessed even if he is ok at the time.