ENT Problems in Children (Pediatric ENT)

 

Treatment for ENT Conditions in Children

Children are prone to ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) conditions because many structures within the ENT region are developmentally immature in children and are prone to dysfunction (poor or abnormal functioning). 

Some of the common ENT (Ear, Nose, Throat) problems in children are due to an immature immune system, nasal allergy or sensitive nose, immature Eustachian tube function (tube that connects middle ear to back of the nose), underdeveloped sinuses, enlarged tonsils and adenoids.

Children also do not complain of their ENT symptoms resulting in many conditions being inadequately managed or left undetected. Commonly masked symptoms of ENT conditions in children include fever, irritability or behavioural changes (which can be due to sleep apnea), learning difficulty or delay in speech development from undiagnosed hearing loss.

Children/Pediatric ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) related services:

    •   Ear Infections
    •   Cerumen or ear wax
    •   Middle Ear Infection (Acute Otitis Media)
    •   Middle Ear Effusion/ Fluid Otitis Media with Effusion (OME)
    •   Allergic Rhinitis 
    •   Acute Rhinosinusitis
    •   Epistaxis (bleeding from the nose)
    •   Chronic Sinusitis
    •   Chronic Cough
    •   Foreign body in the ear or nose or throat
    •   Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea  
    •   Tonsillitis
    •   Tonsillar hypertrophy and adenoid hypertrophy

    Procedures/Treatment offered for Children/Paediatric ENT:

    •   Haemostasis or cauterization of nose bleeds 
    •   Grommet tube insertion
    •   Microscopic ear cleaning 
    •   Removal of foreign body
    •   Tonsillectomy 
    •   Adenoidectomy
    • Sinus washout

Common ENT Problems in Children – Pediatric ENT

Dr Gerard Chee

MBBS (S'pore), FRCS (Edin), FRCS (Glasg) Fellow, Otology / Neurotology (Can)

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