Sound Health Services

3 Common Conditions that Our Pediatric ENT Doctors in St Louis, MO Treat

children ENT problemsIs your baby tugging at her ears again? Is your son complaining of another sore throat? Does your daughter have a stuffy nose and cough that just won’t go away?

If you’re dealing with any of these problems, it may be time to see a pediatric ENT doctor at Sound Health.
 
 
 

What Does a Pediatric ENT Doctor Do?

A pediatric ENT goes through the same extensive training that a general pediatrician does, but receives additional specialized training in conditions of the ear, nose and throat. When a baby or child has problems such as chronic ear infections and recurring sinus issues, an ENT doctor can lend expertise to find a cure. Here are three conditions that pediatric ENT doctors at Sound Health often treat:

Tonsillitis: Children between the ages of four and seven are most susceptible to this infection of the tonsils. Symptoms include pain when swallowing, a red throat, fever, headache, and sometimes an earache. Tonsillitis is often viral and can be treated with pain relievers, rest, and fluids, but it is sometimes bacterial (such as in strep throat) and requires antibiotics. In some cases of severe tonsillitis, the tonsils become so enlarged that it makes breathing and swallowing very difficult.

Because tonsillitis is such an unpleasant condition for kids, we explore the possibility of removing the tonsils in recurring cases. Our doctors are skilled in pediatric surgery and treat young patients carefully in order to provide lasting relief.

Adenoid Problems: If your child complains for weeks about a headache and has a constant runny or stuffy nose, post-nasal drip, and cough, we may suspect a problem with his adenoid. The adenoid is a lump of tissue at the back of the nose above the tonsils which is there to filter viruses and infections. Sometimes it can get infected and we recommend an antibiotic to improve symptoms.
In some kids, the adenoid grows too large and blocks the nasal passage, leading to mouth breathing, nasally speech, snoring problems and even ear infections. When this happens we consult with the child’s family and sometimes suggest removing the adenoid to improve the patient’s comfort.

Ear Infections: Every parent cringes at the thought of an ear infection. Whether it’s in the summer after lots of swimming or crying that keeps baby up all night, a solution for ear pain needs to be addressed quickly. Our ENT doctors examine each patient carefully to determine the cause of discomfort and either prescribe an antibiotic or suggest a surgical solution.

 

Pediatric ENT Doctors at Sound Health Can Help Your Child Feel Better

We treat babies and kids with ear, nose and throat issues often, and we’d love to bring relief to your family member.
 

Give Us a Call to Set Up an Appointment with One of Our Pediatric Doctors at (314) 332-1377!