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Pediatrician visits are commonly attributed to ear, nose, and throat (ENT) conditions, which include one or two occurrences of ear, sinus, or throat infections that are considered typical for the average child. However, if these infections and symptoms become recurrent, it is essential to investigate the root cause. Although primary pediatricians provide adequate care, consulting with an ENT specialist may offer greater benefits.

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What does a Pediatric ENT Specialist Do?

specifically focused on treating conditions related to the ears, nose, and throat. This doctor can effectively diagnose and treat a diverse range of issues related to these areas. When it comes to pediatric ear, nose and throat problems, recurrent acute otitis media (i.e., ear infections) is one of the most common conditions requiring treatment.This is because young children are more susceptible to this condition due to the horizontal positioning of their eustachian tubes. Additionally, chronic runny nose or nasal congestion are prevalent issues for which children may receive care from an ENT specialist.

To provide an accurate diagnosis for ENT conditions, an ENT specialist may conduct various types of examinations and tests. Common ENT screenings include audiograms to test hearing abilities and visual inspections of the ears, nose, and throat.

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At What Age Should a Child See a Pediatric ENT Specialist?

Age is not the primary determining factor in deciding whether or not a child should see an ENT specialist. Rather, their symptoms and the frequency of necessary treatment from their pediatrician are more important considerations. Statistical data reveals that ear infection treatment alone accounts for almost 30 million pediatrician visits each year. During early childhood, the ears, nose, and throat are not fully developed, which makes young children susceptible to various symptoms caused by nasal blockage and bacterial accumulation in these underdeveloped areas.
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How Often Should a Child Get a Check-Up With a Pediatric ENT Specialist?

Unless your child is experiencing chronic ears, nose, or throat problems, it may be necessary to visit an ENT specialist only once or twice. The doctor will evaluate your child’s condition and treatment plan to determine the recommended visitation schedule. In some cases, periodic check-ups may be necessary. For instance, if your child has ear tubes placed, they may need to have their ears examined a few times a year to confirm that the tubes are still in position. Once the tubes are removed, further check-ups may not be required.
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What Are Some Signs That a Child Needs to See a Pediatric ENT Specialist?

Ear, nose, and throat problems exhibit similar symptoms in both children and adults. However, children may not be able to express their symptoms adequately to their caregivers, and if these symptoms are not apparent, they may go unnoticed. Signs that an ENT consultation may be necessary include:

  • Frequently rubbing their ears or becoming overly fussy
  • Being treated multiple times by their pediatrician for an ear, nose, or throat infection or other recurring symptoms
  • Frequent snoring
  • Nasal drainage, congestion, or mouth-breathing
  • Seasonal or environmental allergies
  • Recurring sore throat or sinus infections
  • Indications of hearing loss or speech delay
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What can I expect at a pediatric ENT visit?

During your child’s appointment, the ENT specialist will address their primary complaint or symptoms. For instance, if your child has recurring ear infections or experiences chronic ear pain, the examination will concentrate on their ears. The doctor employs specialized equipment for each part of the ENT examination, including small lights and cameras when necessary, or a type of microscope to expand the visual field of study. At no point during the examination should your child experience pain, although some specialized tests may feel unusual. Understandably, your child may feel nervous to some degree. However, you can anticipate the doctor and the welcoming staff to provide care that is as comfortable as possible for your child, based on their age and their understanding of the examination’s procedures. If you have any questions before or during your child’s ENT exam, please do not hesitate to ask.

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