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Laryngospasm

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How Is Laryngospasm Treated? continued...

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.

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 Kimball Johnson, MD on July 25, 2012
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