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It is common and to some extent understandable to see our children scream and raise their pitch when they talk or when they play at school, in the park or at home. They are not aware that this act, ultimately, what he is doing is punish your voice. As parents, we have a responsibility to teach our children to take care of their voices to avoid aphonia in the future or any other type of problem derived from this bad habit.
When we talk about voice it is important to know that we are talking about vocal cords, or currently better known as vocal folds. The vocal chords They consist of two structures that when uniting and vibrating produce sound, our voice.
The contact of these vocal cords must be gentle or, otherwise, irritation or even injuries could occur. A simple wound can cause a specific loss of voice (dysphonia), characterized by a hoarse and airy voice; but a major wound (like the known and usual vocal nodule) can result in a even greater loss of voice. This being the case, the advice is to always go to the doctor after 15 days of voice discomfort.
Below we will provide you with practical advice to apply on a day-to-day basis in all those cases in which the loss of voice occur in a timely manner and thus avoid hoarseness in children.
Hydration tips to care and protect the voice
- First of all, being small, it is important drink approximately one and a half liters of water daily. In this way we will protect the vocal cords, because we will be hydrating and lubricating them. To make sure your child drinks this recommended amount, measure it in glasses or small bottles of water that they carry in their backpack for school. When it is difficult to ingest so much liquid, it is possible to add small amounts of lemon as a trick to further awaken thirst and the urge to drink.
- It is also important to avoid menthol candies, which are frequently related to sanitizing the voice, since, despite the first moment of relief, they end up drying out and needing more hydration. Don't forget: a simple hydration of water is always the best option.
Relaxation tips for your voice
- Exist simple neck movements that can go very well to relax the whole area. The vocal cords and larynx are closely related to the neck, so being well relaxed predisposes the vocal cords to less tension.
The movements we recommend are simple and slow and can be accompanied by relaxing music: 360-degree circular rotation clockwise and counter-clockwise; movements up and down as if we were answering yes or no to a question, tilting the head to one side and to the other ...
- Secondly, we also usually advise gargling with water. This small activity manages to relax areas very close to the voice. And it can easily be established as a daily routine after teeth cleaning.
They are simple activities to do at home and that children can see as a game. They will have a great time and you will be protecting their voice.
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