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Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat

A pediatric ear, nose and throat doctor is also known as an ENT doctor, or otolaryngologist. Just like the title suggests, these types of doctors can assist with anything related to the ear, nose and throat. In fact, an ENT doctor is experienced and educated in all issues of the head and neck.

When choosing to visit a specialist for your child, it is important to select a doctor who is experienced working with children. Our doctors diagnose and treat patients of all ages.

Do I need to take my child to see an ENT doctor?

There are many different reasons that your child may need to see a pediatric ear, nose and throat doctor. Some of them include, but are certainly not limited, to:

  • Asthma
  • Ear infection
  • Swimmer's ear (a type of ear infection)
  • Hair loss
  • Excessive nose bleeds
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)

Tonsil and adenoid infections are also common reasons that we see patients. Our staff of physicians are trained to handle any issues related to the head, neck, and face, including infections, deformities, or chronic issues.

Another common issue is sinusitis. This condition is often caused by inflamed lining in the nasal cavities, and is characterized by sinus headaches, excess mucus, and an infection. For chronic sinusitis sufferers, our physicians are able to help treat or lessen the symptoms that are part of the infection.

If your child experiences any symptoms that concern you, be sure to contact our office as soon as possible. There are many different types of infections or conditions that can worsen without treatment. Early diagnosis and treatment is an important part of care for your child.

What can I expect from the exam?

An exam with a pediatric ear, nose and throat doctor includes many things. However, the most common thing that should be expected is a thorough look at all areas of the ears, the nose, and the throat. This examination can reveal a lot of conditions and issues. For example, an inflamed para nasal sinus may be found by tapping on the teeth, and the doctor may also look for tender sinus areas by pressing gently on the sinuses. Redness and swelling in the cheekbone areas may also be examined.

This kind of thorough exam will often help lead the doctor to the best remedy for chronic sinusitis or other issues that are affecting your child. In many cases, diagnostic tests will need to be performed in order to get the whole picture. You can also expect to answer questions about your child’s overall health and family medical history during the consultation. All of this information is important when it comes to selecting the best possible treatment for your child.

Are there special fields within otolaryngology?

Some of our physicians are specialists in other more concentrated areas, such as allergies, laryngology, otology, neurotology, rhinology, and plastic/reconstructive surgery. While all of these areas involve the head and neck, some are more specialized than others. For example, laryngology helps with the throat (voice problems or swallowing issues) while rhinology focuses on the nose and sinuses. Your child’s pediatric ear, nose and throat doctor will be able to concentrate on the exact area of care that is needed.

All of the physicians in our group are able to help assist you and your child with the exact care and treatment that is needed.

What if my child has special needs?

It is not uncommon for our patients to have special needs. There are many conditions that involve complications related to the ears, nose, and throat. For example, Down Syndrome can predispose children wot experience upper respiratory tract infections and chronic ear infections. It can also contribute to airway obstruction.

At our office, we are experienced in the care of children with special needs and can bring an important sense of sensitivity and care that is designed to make you and your child feel comfortable.

If your child is experiencing any issues related to their ears, nose, or throat, make an appointment with our office to see a pediatric ear, nose and throat doctor at your earliest convenience. Your child’s first visit with us will be a thorough consultation that involves a careful diagnosis and then a discussion of the treatment that will best benefit your child, depending on his or her current health and their condition.

Contact our office today if you have any questions about our offices or our experience. We look forward to speaking with you.