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Should Your Child Visit an ENT Specialist?

Because February is Kids Ear, Nose and Throat Health Month, it is an excellent opportunity to evaluate if your child could benefit from a visit to a specialist. Research indicates that nearly half of patients who go to their primary care doctor have an ENT issue, while national health statistics reveal that pediatric ear, nose, and throat disorders are among the primary reason that parents take children to see a doctor, with ear infections ranking as the number one reason for an appointment.

Many people think ENT only has to do with clogged ears or sore throats, but ENT specialists treat an extensive range of conditions of not only the ears, nose, and throat but also the head and neck region since the area of the body is all interconnected.

While both children and adults have the same basic ear, nose and throat anatomy, children can be more susceptible to certain disorders and often need special attention due to their developing anatomy and continually changing bodies and senses. From earaches to choking hazards, children can suffer from a variety of ailments that require immediate diagnosis and treatment. ENT specialists help people of all ages. Pediatric ear, nose and throat conditions that could benefit from a specialist include:

  • Hearing loss
  • Sinusitis
  • Sleep-disordered breathing
  • Swimmer’s Ear
  • Enlarged tonsils and adenoid obstruction
  • Tongue Tie
  • Recurring and chronic sore throats

If you or your child has any questions or concerns, schedule an appointment with an ENT specialist close to where you live.

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