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Ear, nose and throat issues are a year round problem for children. But, they are brought into focus every February for Kids’ ENT Health Month. It is also a good time for parents to become familiar with treatment options, as the winter months can often aggravate ENT problems.
The number one reason for a child to visit their doctor is due to an ear infection. Outer, inner, and middle ear infections classify the part of the ear that is affected. Middle ear, or otitis media, is the type of infection most frequently seen by doctors.
If a child has chronic or persistent ear infections, tympanostomy tubes may be recommended. Tympanostomy tubes, commonly referred to as ear tubes, are tiny cylinders that are surgically inserted into the eardrum. This tube creates an airway that prevents the accumulation of fluids behind the eardrum. Most ear tubes fall out on their own within six to twelve months and can be especially beneficial to prevent hearing loss that could affect a child’s speech development.
Tonsillitis is another problem frequently seen in children. Tonsillitis is the inflammation of the tonsils that is usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection. It causes sore throat, pain when swallowing, and can be accompanied by a fever. Removal of the tonsils may be recommended in some cases.
One thing for parents to consider is that the causative factor of ENT disorders can be allergies. Allergies can cause ear pressure symptoms due to a build-up of fluid behind the eardrum. They can also cause repeat or persistent sinus problems and sore throats.
A healthy immune system may help prevent your child from experiencing ENT-related health problems. To have a healthy immune system, make sure your child is well hydrated, eats balanced meals, gets some form of exercise, and plenty of sleep.
If you think your child may be a candidate for tympanostomy tubes, ask your child’s pediatrician for a referral to one of our ENT physicians.

"Children's Hearing Health." American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. N.p., 2015. Web. 08 Jan. 2016.
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"Kids ENT Health Month." American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, 2016. Web. 08 Jan. 2016.
 Stanley, Steve. "Kids ENT Health Month." Healthy Magazine. N.p., 24 Feb. 2014. Web. 11 Jan. 2016.

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