We support our children to look after their personal hygiene, including brushing their teeth and having a bath, however do you know how to help look after your child’s voice?
What is Vocal Hygiene?
Vocal hygiene refers to the steps we take to look after the quality of our voice. This may include reducing behaviours that can harm the voice and changing our environment to use a healthy voice volume.
What might indicate a problem with your child’s voice:
It is estimated that approximately 5% of children experience a voice problem that is long lasting. Most voice problems are harmless and disappear without the help of a professional. In some cases, strain on the vocal folds can cause inflammation or polyps (small growths) on the vocal folds which could require speech therapy or surgery.
Vocal Behaviours that can impact on a child’s voice:
Vocal Hygiene Tips:
Our voice helps us to express ourselves, including our personality, emotions and ideas. It is an important part of our everyday life and we can help our children to maintain healthy vocal hygiene. Having a hoarse voice for a few hours or a day is not a worry, however if it lasts for days, weeks or months then it is recommended you see your General Practitioner or a Speech Pathologist.
Speech Pathology Australia, Voice Fact Sheet https://www.speechpathologyaustralia.org.au/SPAweb/Resources_for_the_Public
Voice Disorder, The Royal Children’s Hospital Voice Department, 2018