When it comes to pediatric ENT, one size dose not fit all. Children and adolescents need special care when it comes to diseases affecting the ear, nose and throat, because their passageways and organs are small and still developing. They’re also extra vulnerable to diseases in the ENT area, and need skilled and specialized care. Preventative care when it comes to ENT infections can go a long way in avoiding serious problems. Specialists can use procedures like vocal cord surgery and airway reconstruction to correct more serious problems.
Pediatric ENT requires special care
Common ENT problems among children and adolescents can include ear and sinus infections, breathing problems and hearing loss. Because children are built smaller and their passageways are more delicate than in adults, they need special care when it comes to ENT problems.
Common ENT problems among children include hearing loss, breathing problems, hoarseness, hyperthyroidism, hypernasal speech, and more. Preventative care is important, and surgical procedures like vocal cord surgery can be used for more complicated cases.
Ear infections can lead to hearing loss
The ear is a highly sensitive organ in children, and highly prone to infection. As many as 83% of all children will have had at least one ear infection elite they turn three. Most children will have had multiple infections by that age.
Infections during pregnancy and genetic of factors can play a role in hearing loss in infants. Preventative care is important in treating infections that might cause major problems. For genetically-caused hearing loss in newborns and infants, surgery is possible. Like vocal cord surgery, it requires highly skillful and specialized treatment.
Surgery can correct breathing difficulties
Snoring is a sign of breathing problems and blocked airways in young children. It is estimated that one child out of ten snores regularly, and that 2 to 4% suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Breathing problems while sleeping are connected to enlarged tonsils, and nowadays the majority of tonsillectomies in children are done to correct obstructive sleep problems (OSA).
Specialist pediatric ENTs are best equipped for surgical procedures such as tonsillectomy and vocal cord surgery. Children’s passageways and internal organs are smaller and still in the growth stage, and need special care. Statistics from the government show that 300-400,000 tonsillectomies are done for children and adolescents every year.
Pediatric ENT socialists can carry out delicate surgical procedures like tonsillectomy and vocal cord surgery in children and adolescents.