Ear nose and throat doctors are just as important to babies and children as they are to adults. ENTs treat a range of symptoms from the shoulder to the neck, ears, throat, and head. Most of us have suffered a cold, a sinus infection, or a runny nose. These symptoms do not warrant a trip to the ENT. However, if your child is suffering from a chronic runny nose, sneezing, chronic ear infections, or if the symptoms have persisted for a long time there could be an underlying condition.
ENTs specialize in surgical procedures that ease your child’s allergy and sinus-related symptoms. By catching these symptoms early, you may help your child avoid the constant use of antibiotics and potential hearing loss from recurrent ear infections.
Here is a list of some conditions they treat:
- Head / neck/thyroid
- Birth Defects of the Head and Neck
They often check newborns before the hospital releases them to go home. If your infant is suffering any kind of hearing problem, often it is an ENT that they will refer you to. A toddler or infant who has recurring ear infections, they can identify the causes and suggest alternatives such as tubal litigation. If there has been any hearing loss, the doctor can also help with hearing aids.
Does your baby always have a runny nose? Is your baby fussy much of the time? ENTs can diagnose the cause of the continual drainage. This could be more than just a runny nose or a cold; it can be an allergic reaction to the environment such as dust, pollen or dust mites. It could also be a sinus infection.
ENTs treat symptoms of throat problems. They can diagnose problems with tonsils and adenoids. This can include sore throat tumors, acid reflux, also known as GERD, and they also treat other conditions associated with vocal cords.
Other treatments that ENTs offer is for Graves disease and anything related to neck swelling or enlargement.
Are you concerned that your little one is not sleeping because of any breathing issues? They can also help with any kind of sleep problems that your infant or toddler are experiencing, such as snoring. It may seem cute to you that your little one snores but this is not considered normal from an infant or toddler. If the snoring is persistent, reach out to your doctor.
Plastic surgery is another treatment option they offer for birth defects, deformities, and cleft palates.
All About the Babies
There are many children each year who are diagnosed with recurring and constant ear infections that require further treatment, such as tubes. When a child is left untreated with a serious condition resulting from chronic ear and sinus infections, this can often lead to a developmental delay if there is an excess of fluid in the ear canal reducing your child’s ability to hear and communicate. If you suspect that your child is struggling to hear and has been treated for constant ear infections, reach out to your doctor.