All physicians who receive Certification by the American Board of Otolaryngology are trained in the practice of Pediatric ENT. All of our surgeons treat both children as well as adults. Common conditions include tonsillitis, Strep throat, ear infections, hearing loss, snoring/sleep apnea, speech abnormalities, tongue-tie, breathing and feeding issues, reflux, nasal congestion, and allergy.
Tonsillectomy (with or without adenoidectomy) is one of the most common surgeries performed on children in the United States. This may be necessary for children who suffer from chronic tonsillitis, recurrent strep throat or other infections, tonsil enlargement, choking, snoring, or sleep apnea. .Each patient we evaluate for tonsillectomy is considered individually. We spend extra time helping parents understand the procedure including the risks and benefits, and we collaborate with parents and their pediatricians to make the decision whether to proceed. All of our surgeons are skilled and practiced in performing tonsillectomy, and our staff is ready to support the families of our patients through the post-operative period.
Eustachian tube dysfunction is very common amongst children under the age of 7 years-old. This means one has trouble “popping” the ear. Negative pressure can build up inside the ear behind the ear drum and can result in hearing loss and recurrent ear infections. When medications cannot sufficiently manage this problem, PE tube placement may be recommended by the pediatrician. This is a brief surgical procedure which releases the pressure inside the ear, thereby improving hearing and reducing the likelihood of infection.
We perform newborn and child hearing testing. It is crucial to diagnose hearing loss in children as soon as possible in order to facilitate normal speech and language development. If hearing loss is the result of infections or fluid in the ears, medications or PE tube placement may be necessary in order to return hearing to normal levels. If the hearing loss is an inner ear problem (as a result of genetics, noise damage, or other factors), our audiologists have extensive experience working with children and will fit the child hearing aids or other assist devices and can work with the school system to accommodate any special needs.
Some children are born with restricted mobility of the tongue which may interfere with breastfeeding/latching or speech development. This is known as “tongue-tie” or ankyloglossia, and in the newborn period it is easily addressed in our office. Older children may require special evaluation or undergo treatment in the operating room.