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What is the cause and treatment of laryngomalacia in an infant?

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My son is diagnosed with Laryngomalacia and is currently under medication. He is now 9 weeks old. He is gaining weight properly now, current weight 4.7 kg as against 3.19 kg at birth. The breathing noise has now reduced post the medication which started 4 weeks back. Due to an emergency we need to take a domestic flight (2 hrs duration). Please suggest if it is advisable if we take normal precautions like breast feeding during take off and landing.

Posted Wed, 27 Aug 2014 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Deepashree 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
flight journey is safe.

Detailed Answer:
Hi, thanks for your query.

Laryngomalacia is congenital conditions of larynx where in the larynx are very flabby and lax causing noisy breathing.
This condition is self limiting.
The noisy breathing will be there on and off upto the age of 5 yrs.
More pronounced during any upper respiratory tract infection.
Yes, you can do flight journey. No extra precaution is needed except feeding during landing and take off.
Don't worry. Your kid will be fine by 2 to 3 yrs of age.
Take precaution that he doesn't catch up with any cold and cough.

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