Children ENT Problems
A child may suffer from ear, nose and throat problem once but usually several times a year. This may be poor hearing due to infection or fluid in the ear. Other childhood ENT problems might be sore throat from tonsillitis, nasal blockage from allergy or infection. These problems might sometimes appear mild but over a long period can affect the child’s performance at school if not treated effectively.
More on children ENT problems
Blocked ears or hearing loss in children is commonly due to fluid in the ear commonly refer to as glue ear because it looks like glue. This is an infected body fluid or phlegm that gets trapped in the ear. It is usually self-limiting but might require drainage if the symptom persist. The operation is call grommet insertion. In severe cases it may cause ear pain and a burst eardrum. An antibiotic is usually recommended in such cases.
Occasionally the blocked ear might be due to wax or a foreign body. This can easily be removed using a suction device. Sometimes a child might need a short general anaesthesia to remove the wax or the foreign body. Often wax problem can be resolved by simple over-the-counter wax solvent.
Some of the common childhood ENT conditions are nasal blockage, nasal discharge and snoring. This is usually due to allergy and a simple antihistamine or nasal steroid may be all that is required. In some cases, an allergy test might be helpful to identify specific allergy. Avoidance of these allergies usually improves the symptoms significantly.
In cases that are resistant to medical treatment, the nasal obstruction might be due to enlarged adenoids. These are lymphoid follicles just like the tonsils but are situated behind the nose. Children with enlarge adenoids will often suffer from snoring and mouth breathing. Eating can be a problem sometimes due to the blocked nose. The tonsil are often enlarged too and surgery might be necessary to relief symptoms in some cases.
Tonsillitis can be debilitating to a child and might recur frequently. Most cases improve with simple analgesia and occasionally antibiotics. It may be necessary to remove the tonsils if a child suffers form tonsillitis repeatedly
Tonsillectomy is a minor operation that is done under a general anaesthesia to remove infected tonsils which are responsible for recurrent tonsillitis. The child or adult will normally return to full recovery within a week or 2 after the operation. That will be the end of the suffering from tonsillitis.
Our ENT Specialist has several years of treating children with ear, nose and throat problems and will be happy to see any age group simply call our friendly staff on 0161 393 3995 Monday - Friday 8am -5pm to arrange a consultation appointment.
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