Ear, nose, and throat problems can be especially common — and persistent — in children, and that’s why you need a pediatric ENT team you can rely on for accurate diagnosis and optimal treatment. The top-rated ENT team in Lehigh Valley, Specialty Physician Associates, has offices in Bethlehem, Allentown, Quakertown, and Wind Gap, Pennsylvania, for your convenience, so book online or by phone today.
There are a few reasons why your child could get chronic ear infections. The Eustachian tubes, which extend from the middle ear and the back of the throat, are still quite small in children and are flatter than in adults. These two things combine to make it hard to drain fluid naturally. Eustachian tubes can become blocked with fluid quite easily in children, and this leads to infection.
Also, children are still growing and that means their immune system isn't fully functional yet. That makes it harder for kids to fight infection than it is for adults. If your child is in day care or school, they're also exposed to a lot of viruses and germs that could lead to frequent ear infections.
Your child's pediatric ENT doctor at Specialty Physician Associates can prescribe antibiotics, lifestyle changes, flu vaccinations, and other treatments to clear your child's ear infection and prevent them from returning. For severe chronic ear infections, your child's ENT doctor might recommend surgery.
If your child's cold symptoms never seem to go away, it could actually be a common chronic sinus infection called sinusitis. Your child's pediatric ENT doctor at Specialty Physician Associates can do diagnostic tests to discover the trigger for your child's sinusitis and then prescribe effective treatments like medication, nasal irrigation, nasal spray, or allergy shots.
In severe cases, your child might need a minimally invasive procedure called a Balloon Sinuplasty to clear their sinuses for lasting relief.
Working closely with your child's pediatric ENT doctor is the best way to manage their asthma symptoms safely. Many children benefit most from a multilayered approach, including preventive medications every day, rescue inhalers for attacks, and regularly scheduled visits with the doctor to monitor changes.
Ear, nose, and throat problems are all quite common during a child’s early years, and as a parent, it’s natural that you want your kids to avoid these health problems whenever possible. With the help of the expert team at Specialty Physician Associates, you and your child can enjoy optimal ENT health.
Book an appointment online or by calling the location nearest you today.