Ear, nose and throat problems are common in children everywhere. They may suffer a wide range of ENT conditions, from short-lived discomforts to conditions that worsen over a period of several days or weeks. When this happens, the identification of the problem and treatment is necessary for a child’s health and wellbeing.
Infection settles in the ears when fluid becomes trapped within the inner ear. We all have a tiny tube that drains from our ears to the back of the throat. When this Eustachian Tube becomes clogged, bacteria can settle in the ear and foster an infection.
Ear infections are very common in children. Treatment can include oral antibiotics and medications for fever and pain. If chronic ear infections persist, surgery may be necessary.
Your child’s runny nose may be due to the common cold, or may be from allergies. We’re here to figure it out!
Non-allergic rhinitis is the chronic sneezing and congested, drippy nose that hits us with no apparent cause. Rhinitis is usually diagnosed when common allergens aren’t present. This chronic irritation can progress into sinusitis.
We will run tests to rule out allergic causes and work with you to manage your child’s allergies and avoid upper respiratory infections.
An infection in the throat can make children feel uncomfortable and may require medical evaluation.
One type of serious throat infection is strep throat. An office strep test easily helps diagnose this condition and will allow us to begin treatment immediately.
If oral antibiotics are started within 48 hours of the appearance of the illness, it can shorten the duration and severity of symptoms, and reduce the risk of complications and the likelihood of infecting others.