Our team delivers comprehensive and personalized care for children with disorders of the ear, nose, throat and related structures. Whether your child's situation is routine or complicated, our team will provide the highest level of care to meet the unique needs of your child. Our clinic offers compassionate support from the initial evaluation through surgical repair and recovery when required. To provide your child with the most comprehensive care, we take a collaborative approach working with other specialists such as audiology, speech pathology and learning services, pulmonary medicine, allergy, immunology, and pediatric medicine.
Some of the services and conditions we treat include sinusitis, velopharyngeal insufficiency (VPI), microtia, voice disorders, balance disorders, hearing loss, resonance disorders and vestibular disorders and 22-q. Our otolaryngologists also routinely treat Cleft Lip and Palate Disorders, Vascular Anomalies and Sleep Apnea. Our specialists are also involved in plastic surgery and trauma surgery for the face, including lacerations and fractures caused by trauma, congenital or acquired cosmetic conditions and function defects.
COMMON PEDIATRIC ENT SERVICES
EAR INFECTION: An ear infection can be unpleasant for anyone, especially a baby or toddler. Ear infections cause pain, irritability, and loss of appetite. Also, when your child has an ear infection, he or she will grab at the ears. An ear infection (referred to as acute otitis media) occurs behind the eardrum in the middle ear. This type of illness is often called a middle ear infection. Many children, especially those under the age of 7 years, suffer from these types of ear infections. This type of illness causes pain and complications when left untreated. Because of a short Eustachian tube, children are more at risk.
Pulling or tugging at the ear | Holding the ear or scratching it | Irritability | Drainage from the ear that is thick and yellow | Fever | Ear Pain | Vomiting | Trouble sleeping | Trouble hearing | Loss of appetite
TONSIL INFECTION: A tonsil infection is also referred to as tonsillitis. Tonsillitis can happen to anyone at any age, and it is an inflammation of the tonsils (the lymph glands in the throat). Tonsillitis is typically caused from viruses or bacteria. Children occasionally get tonsil infections. Find out about the symptoms and solutions for a tonsil infection.Tonsillitis from bacteria and viruses occurs when the disease is transferred from person to person through the air, and it is highly contagious. In most cases, tonsillitis occurs from a viral source. Tonsillitis that is bacterial is often caused from Streptococcus bacteria (strep throat). This infection becomes a problem for the child if left untreated, as it leads to complications.
White Patches on the Tonsils | Swollen Lymph Glands | Redness that appears on the Throat and Tonsils
Abdominal Pain | Coughing | Vomiting | Nausea
AIRWAY PROBLEMS: In children, airway problems are commonly caused from reflux of undigested food and secretions from the stomach. This condition is often difficult to diagnose, as typical symptoms are not always clear in children. This condition is called laryngopharyngeal reflux (LPR) or gastroesophageal reflux (GER). LPR and GER in children are similar to the adult forms of the condition. These airway problems occur when the lower esophageal sphincter relaxes.
Loss of appetite | Recurrent regurgitation | Abdominal pain | Sleeping problems
LPR and GER are often left undiagnosed in children. Early diagnosis and treatment is the only way to prevent complications. The main goal of therapy is to provide relief for the child, to prevent complications, and to cure existing disease. In some cases, children may need to be put on medications to manage the airway problem symptoms.
ALLERGY AND SINUS: Allergy and sinus problems can lead to sinusitis, upper airway infections, persistent allergies, and asthma in children. Asthma is a condition that can be life threatening for your child. There are many other causes of allergy and sinus problems in children. Find out about the symptoms and solutions for allergy and sinus conditions.
Sinus and allergy symptoms vary from child to child. If you notice any of these signs, consider consulting one of our pediatric allergy and sinus specialists. It is important to treat these symptoms early to prevent complications.