"Floppy Voice Box" and baby on Zantac, lol

@vera5d (4007)
United States
February 23, 2008 10:42am CST
My daughter was making these strange "gasping noises" while she was sleeping, eating, crying, playing...kind of like she couldn't breathe, but she was still breathing & not turning blue or anything. So I took her to the doc who made us go to another doc who made us see yet another doc (I guess the first specialists were nervous about doing the tests on a 5 month old...) After holding the screaming baby while the doctor fished a tiny camera down her throat they confirmed the tissue on her vocal chords is "floppy" or not developed yet, so when she breathes in it kind of creates a vaccuum which results in the noise she was making. The doctor also suggested to put her on Zantac for reflux because most babies with the floppy voice box also have reflux, even if they don't spit up. I've go to say in only 2 days of using the Zantac, she is sleeping so muhc better! She only woke up once last night - I kept waking up to make sure she was still breathing! They want us to come back in a month to see how she is doing on the Zantac & to also confirm she doesn't have a hemangioma (type of birth mark that she has on her belly button) also growing in her throat below the vocal chords but they're 95% sure that this is the only problem. Anyone else ever hear of this or seen it in their kids? I've learned some new vocab words that I can't spell or pronouce, lol!
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
23 Feb 08
I am glad to know that they found out what the problem is and that she will be alright. Is there any way to remove the tissue from her vocal cord or is it not a good idea. I have never heard of a baby having Acid Reflex, but there is a lot of things that I have never heard of. I am learning everyday.
@vera5d (4007)
• United States
24 Feb 08
they could remove it, but its not obstructing her airway so it'd be more risky to go through anethesia & surgery than leaving it alone
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@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
24 Feb 08
Gotcha!!!
• United States
24 Feb 08
I am so glad for you that you were able to notice at such a young age ( I am not sure if I could have). I would talk to her dr and see if this could cause a speach problem later. My son has a speach delay it is no big deal you just have to take a very extra seconds to help them learn to say the words.
@vera5d (4007)
• United States
24 Feb 08
hopefully it shouldn't affect her speech - she babbles constantly very well - just when she breathes in it makes a weird noise!