Pediatric Ear, Nose, and Throat
Your little bundle of joy is unique not only personally but also anatomically. If your child has a terrible case of the sniffles, then you might need a doctor who specializes pediatric ear, nose, and throat disorders. ENTs that specialize in pediatrics will be able to cater to your child’s specific needs.
1: How are Pediatric Ear, Nose, and Throat Treatments Unique?
A pediatric ENT will have smaller surgical tools better suited to tiny ears and nostrils and will be trained to administer treatment to developing organs, which may act differently than fully formed ones. Immature eustachian tubes, for instance, are shorter than adult ones, and so they’re more susceptible to infections.
A pediatric ear, nose, and throat doctor will also be better prepared to communicate with children who may or may not be able to articulate what they are experiencing. Children tend to clam up at the sight of white lab coats, and so it’s particularly important for your child’s ENT to be gentle and warm.
2: When to Take Your Child to a Specialist
If your child reports any signs of hearing loss or ear pain, you’ll want to take him/her to a pediatric ENT right away. Also be on the lookout for prolonged congestion, which may be a sign that your son or daughter needs their tonsils or adenoids removed, a fairly common procedure for children and young adults. Children often come down with sinus infections and ear infections, but if either of these is persistent, it may be the sign of a larger, underlying issue that must be addressed by a pediatric ear, nose, and throat specialist.
3: Teach Your Children Good Nasal Hygiene to Avoid the ENT
Teaching your children good hygiene might help you avoid contracting any harmful infections in the first place.
- Wash hands before eating
- Avoid touching your face or picking your nose
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet
- Drink plenty of fluids
- Sleep 8 hours a night
Got a case that will require more than just a little TLC? You may need the help of pediatric ENT. All ENT’s are certified as pediatric ear, nose, and throat doctors as well, but not everyone can make your children feel safe and secure. Dr. Paul Young, who has several children of his own, knows how precious your loved ones are to you and will treat them with the care you would give them yourself.