Content of the material
- Baby Voices
- Listening to future voices through distress cries
- Hoarse Voice Treatment Options for Infants
- 1. Hoarseness Due to Crying
- 2. Hoarseness Due to Nodules
- 3. Hoarseness Due to Phlegm
- 4. Hoarseness Due to Acid Reflux
- 5. Hoarseness Due to RRP
- 6. Hoarseness Due to a Tumour
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A baby voice can have a lot of variety, depending on the role. Some are realistic, with the baby voice sounding their age, while others can get outlandish, having the baby talk like an adult.
The baby is a very young character who loves to babble and express themselves through sounds and noises. Babies express a wide variety of basic emotions through laughing, crying, cooing and babbling.
Babies are usually content, happy even, smiling, laughing and cooing. They may make noises, like laughing or imitating sounds in the environment around them. Babies need things done for them, so they will communicate their needs through crying. Babies may cry because they want comfort, food, cleaning or are just overwhelmed by their environment.
Babies can babble and repeat fragments of words they hear. Babies tend to repeat what they know, an example of this would be the repetition of syllables such as “bababa”. Babies can also say words if they are a little older, saying words like “mama” or “papa”. Babies find the consonants “p”, “m” and “b” easiest to pronounce, as these consonants are made with the lips. Other consonants may be harder for babies to pronounce. Babies also like words like “no”, and other single syllable words. Babies may shout these words and babblings to get attention or to express themselves.
The baby is a simple character, often repeating his or her words and making many different sounds depending on the situation the baby is in. Whether it is crying because it needs something, cooing from contentment, or laughing at a silly face or a friendly animal, the reaction is predictable, genuine and easy to replicate.
Typically, baby voices are perfect for when comic relief is needed in an ad campaign, cartoon, video game or more. Check out our wide variety of professional voice actors who can perform a baby voice.See All
Listening to future voices through distress cries
To test if this was really the case, Pisanski and her colleagues recorded the distress cries of babies in the first five months of their lives as they were taking a bath. Then they came back to these same individuals once they were five years old and recorded them speaking about a cartoon they'd watched.
They also measured something known as the 2D:4D ratio of each child, which is the difference in length between their second (index finger) and fourth digits (ring finger) on their right hand. Several studies have found that the 2D:4D ratio is a good predictor of hormone levels in utero. This measure provided insights into the hormonal environment these children were exposed to while their vocal folds were first being formed in the womb.
As they anticipated, they found that a lower 2D:4D ratio in children was associated with higher fetal testosterone levels, lower voice pitches in infancy as well as in adulthood.
About 40 per cent of the individual voice pitch differences at age five could be predicted by their voice pitch at four or five months of age.
Previously, the team found that boy's voice pitch at age seven predicts up to 56 per cent of the variance that is found in their voice pitch as adults. In this sense, our vocal pitch — the seed for which gets planted in utero — stays significantly similar over time.
So far, Pisanski said there's "good" evidence for predicting pitch in human males and "some" for females. (Scientists haven't sampled or followed as many girls.)
Hoarse Voice Treatment Options for Infants
Your little one’s hoarse voice can be quite disconcerting for you and be irritating for the child as well. Based on what the diagnosis for hoarseness might be, there are a bunch of treatment options that can be undertaken to alleviate hoarseness or heal the condition.
1. Hoarseness Due to Crying
For a baby who has a hoarse throat due to crying excessively, it is important to not cause further stress on the cords. Hold your baby and hum a song to soothe him as soon as you can. Try to lull your baby to sleep, so that he can take some rest, or give a bottle of milk to calm him down.
2. Hoarseness Due to Nodules
Surgery is usually avoided for babies, and focus is put on soothing the vocal cords. By opting for humidification procedures, reducing allergy triggers, as well as clearing sinuses, the nodules present on the vocal cords can be reduced. However, the final call depends on a case-to-case basis and the treating doctor.
3. Hoarseness Due to Phlegm
Phlegm begins by obstructing the nasal passage in the first place. So, it is necessary to clear out the cold present in the nose using nasal sprays/saline solutions and a nasal aspirator. Phlegm is often the result of an illness or a viral infection, which reduces once it is treated.
4. Hoarseness Due to Acid Reflux
The hoarseness caused in such a case cannot be taken care of right away. The key aspect here is to reduce acid reflux by instilling a fixed diet plan and making sure your child’s digestive processes are streamlined.
5. Hoarseness Due to RRP
Since this is the result of an infection caused by a virus, your doctor might suggest a medication that can combat the virus. In severe cases, surgery might also be required.
6. Hoarseness Due to a Tumour
On detection of a tumour, your doctor will undertake tests to check whether it is a cancerous tumour or not. Depending on that, treatment options might include countering cancer or undertaking surgery to remove the tumour.
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