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How Is Laryngospasm Treated? continued...

Patients who don't respond to these treatments may need surgery. One surgical option is fundoplication, a procedure that wraps the upper part of the stomach (fundus) around the esophagus to prevent acids from backing up. Also, a ring of titanium beads can be placed around the outside of the lower esophagus. It strengthens the valve between the esophagus and stomach while still allowing food and liquids to pass through. 

You can also relieve GERD and LPR, and help prevent laryngospasm, by following these lifestyle tips:

  • Avoid common heartburn triggers, such as fruit and fruit juices, caffeine, fatty foods, and peppermint.
  • Eat smaller meals, and stop eating two to three hours before bedtime.
  • If you smoke, quit. Also, limit alcohol consumption.
  • Raise the head of your bed a few inches by putting wood blocks under the bedpost.
  • Avoid allergies triggers.  
  • Breathing techniques including slow breathing and staying calm also may help.

In children who develop laryngospasm as a complication of anesthesia during surgery, treatment usually involves moving the head and neck to open the airway. It also involves using a machine (continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP) to deliver air directly into the airway. Some children need to have a tube placed into the throat to assist with breathing.

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Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson, MD on August 29, 2014
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