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Pediatric ENT Specialist

Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. -  - Otolaryngologist

Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC.

Otolaryngologists & Audiologists located in Kittery, ME & Stratham, NH

Children and adolescents are more likely to have problems like tonsillitis and ear infections, as well as other ear, nose, and throat problems. If your child has symptoms of an ENT condition, the experienced team at Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. can help. At their locations in Kittery, Maine, and Stratham, New Hampshire, the pediatric ENT specialists treat a comprehensive range of disorders to relieve your child's discomfort. To benefit from their expertise, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Pediatric ENT Q & A

What is pediatric ENT?

Pediatric ENT is a subspecialty of ENT (ear, nose, and throat medicine or otolaryngology) that focuses on diagnosing and treating children and adolescents.

Your child's pediatrician can happily treat many minor ear, nose, and throat disorders. However, consulting a pediatric ENT specialist will likely be necessary if your child has severe symptoms or conditions that recur frequently.

The pediatric ENT specialists at Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. have extensive training and unrivaled skills and experience in treating the conditions that affect children. They work closely with your primary care provider or pediatrician where appropriate.

What conditions do pediatric ENT specialists treat?

Some of the more common ear, nose, and throat conditions that affect children include:

  • Tonsillitis
  • Ear infections
  • Perforated eardrums
  • Sinusitis
  • Allergies
  • Adenoiditis
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Epistaxis (nose bleeds)
  • Hearing loss
  • Tongue-tie

Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC.'s pediatric ENT specialists also treat a comprehensive range of less common conditions, including thyroid and parathyroid disease and tumors.

What symptoms do pediatric ENT conditions cause?

Parents need to be on alert for ENT symptoms in their children, especially in infants and preschoolers who can't describe their symptoms to you. Signs to look out for include:

  • Repeated pulling or tugging on the ears
  • Irritability
  • White or yellow patches on the throat
  • Fever
  • Excessive or bloody nasal drainage
  • Loud or persistent snoring
  • Swallowing problems
  • Problems sleeping
  • Neck stiffness
  • Hearing difficulties
  • Issues with speech development
  • Ringing in the ears

While many of these are typical of common childhood colds and sniffles, you should monitor your child for any deterioration or new symptoms that could indicate a more serious problem.

What pediatric ENT treatments might my child need?

The type of treatment your child needs for a pediatric ENT condition depends on the nature of their problem, their age, and the severity of their symptoms. Your provider at Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. It often begins by using conservative approaches to treatment, such as prescribing antihistamines for seasonal rhinitis (hayfever).

If your child has a bacterial infection, antibiotics might be necessary. However, these drugs won't work if your child has a viral infection. One common procedure is fitting ear tubes in a child's eardrum to increase airflow and help prevent recurrent ear infections.

Surgeries such as tonsil and adenoid removal usually only become options when no other treatments are working and your child is having significant difficulties because of their condition. 

Should your child have hearing trouble, the audiologists can find them a suitable hearing aid.

If your child has a chronic or severe ear, nose, or throat condition, the pediatric ENT specialists at Family Ear, Nose & Throat, LLC. can help. Call the nearest office to schedule a consultation or book online today.