Children are susceptible to health issues involving the ears, nose, and throat due to their shorter ear canals and developing sinuses. If you’re in South Louisiana and need a specialist in otolaryngology for your child, trust the doctors at Southern ENT Associates for evaluation, treatment, and diagnosis. Call one of the six convenient locations or book online for a pediatric ENT appointment today.
Otitis media, or ear infections, is a common problem in young children. In some cases, the insertion of tubes helps reduce the incidence of such infections. Children also tend to develop allergies, including hay fever. Tonsil and adenoid problems, as well as pediatric sinusitis, are other ENT health issues typically addressed in young patients at Southern ENT Associates.
Most children have experienced at least one ear infection by the time they’ve reached age five. If your child has chronic ear infections that cause hearing loss, speech problems, or behavior issues, the insertion of ear tubes may be the answer.
The doctors at Southern ENT Associates insert these tiny cylinders through the eardrum in a minor surgical procedure to allow greater airflow in the middle ear. The surgery is done as an outpatient procedure, meaning your child goes home the same day.
Tonsils and adenoids are masses of tissue at the back of the throat that are part of the immune system and help filter germs that attempt to harm the body. Recurrent infections or enlargement of the tissue can cause problems in your child’s health and interfere with breathing and swallowing.
Antibiotics are often used to address tonsillitis and other infections, but if infections become chronic or antibiotics are ineffective, it may be best to have the tonsils and adenoids removed. This removal involves surgery, but your child should be able to go home the same day to recover.
Your child’s sinuses do not reach full development until they reach the age of 20. Symptoms of pediatric sinusitis include:
Antibiotics are often successful in treating a sinus infection in children, while over-the-counter decongestants and nasal sprays can relieve short-term symptoms of stuffiness. If your child’s sinusitis persists for 12 weeks or longer, they may need additional testing, such as a CT scan.
In a small percentage of children, persistent sinusitis requires surgery that helps open the drainage pathways of the child’s sinuses to make them wider.
When your child needs the care of an expert ENT specialist, call Southern ENT Associates or book an appointment online.