Children face many of the same health problems that adults do, however their symptoms may exhibit themselves differently and treatments that work well in adults may not be suitable for children. Ear, nose, and throat disorders are one of the primary reasons children visit a physician, with ear infections ranking as the number 1 reason for seeking an appointment. From earaches to enlarged tonsils, kids can suffer from a variety of ailments that require prompt diagnosis and treatment. The physicians of Augusta ENT are well-trained and equipped to provide compasionate care for the special needs of their pediatric patients.
Does your child have allergies? Allergies can cause many ear, nose, and throat symptoms in children, but allergies can be difficult to separate from other causes. Augusta ENT physicians can help you sort out the symptoms and come up with the best treatment plan suited to your child's needs. If your child needs an operation of the ear, nose or throat, this service can usually be provided by your Augusta ENT doctor, without the need for a referral to another specialist. Ear tubes, for example, are often recommended when a person experiences repeated middle ear infection (acute otitis media) or has hearing loss caused by the persistent presence of middle ear fluid (otitis media with effusion). These conditions most commonly occur in children and each year more than half a million ear tube surgeries are performed on children making it the most common childhood surgery performed with anesthesia. Tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, ear hole repair (tympanoplasty) and sinus surgery are some of the other more common procedure we offer to pediatric patients.