Pediatrics is a unique branch of medicine, given that many patients are unable to vocalize their needs. Children are susceptible to many different diseases due in large part to the fact that their anatomy is still developing. Colds, ear infections, tonsillitis, allergies and sinus conditions are all a normal part of growing up. The staff at ASK Physicians Hearing Centers knows how difficult it is to watch your child suffer, and focuses on providing compassionate, attentive care that is gentle but effective.
There are a number of common childhood disorders and diseases we treat, with the overriding goal of improving your child’s health and making him or her feel better sooner rather than later. These include:
- Ear infections. It may seem as if your child is always coming down with an ear infection. Don’t worry; this is not at all unusual because their anatomy is still developing and their immune system isn’t strong enough yet to ward off the many germs children encounter on a daily basis. Exposure to viruses and bacteria causes Eustachian tube swelling, trapping fluids in the middle ear and leading to infection. We may rely on over-the-counter medications or prescribe antibiotics depending on the nature of your child’s infection. Ear tubes might be recommended for children who experience frequent ear infections.
- Tonsil and adenoid infections. The tonsils and adenoids serve an important function in guarding the body against infection. Because of their constant exposure to germs and bacteria, they are susceptible to infection, as well. Over time their role diminishes as the tissues shrink with age; by the mid-teens, tonsil and adenoid infections are rarely a problem. We may recommend home remedies, antibiotics or surgery, depending on the severity of symptoms and whether the problem persists or recurs frequently.
- Allergies and sinus conditions. Your child’s sinuses are still developing, making him or her susceptible to allergies and sinus problems. Common allergens include pollen, mold, dust mites, pet dander, chemicals and food; to determine the source of your child’s allergies, testing is recommended so a proper treatment plan can be formulated. Like adults, children may also experience sinus infections that may be either acute or chronic. Pediatric sinusitis is usually treated with antihistamines and decongestants; surgery may be an option in particularly bothersome cases.