Paediatric ENT Surgeons
If your child requires medical treatment or surgery for problems involving the ear, nose or throat, a paediatric ENT surgeon (also known as a paediatric otolaryngologist) can help. Paediatric otolaryngologists treat children from newborns through to the teenage years.
The most common conditions requiring a paediatric ear, nose and throat specialist involve:
- Ear infections
- Snoring and nasal breathing issues
- Hearing loss and hearing problems
- Speech delay
- Throat problems
Paediatric Ear Conditions
Ear infections and adenoid enlargement can lead to glue ear or middle ear effusions. When there is fluid within the middle ear, it can impair the transmission of sound, resulting in hearing loss. As a result, it can also act as a source for repeated ear infections. Grommets or ventilation tubes can easily aerate the middle ear to improve hearing and minimise ear infections.
Snoring in Children
Snoring in children may be a sign of obstructive sleep apnoea or OSA. It is normal for children to lightly snore, particularly if extremely tired or unwell. However, loud snoring associated with gasping or pauses in breathing and frequent waking is abnormal. If the child looks like they are “working hard” to breath (chest or neck drawing in, sweaty, restless) and snoring at abnormal levels, then they may have OSA.
Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) Treatment for Children
Untreated OSA in children can cause issues with growth restriction, behaviour and neurocognitive development. In children, the treatment of OSA is a balance between severity of symptoms and corresponding anatomy – but generally involves surgical removal of the obstructive tonsils and adenoids. There may be cases where a sleep study is recommended prior to treatment. If your child is still snoring and showing features of breathing obstruction while sleeping despite previous tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy, we can assess your child and discuss further investigations.
Other Services Offered for Children’s Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders
- Consultation with other medical professionals
- Paediatric Head and neck surgery
- Complex paediatric ENT surgery
Our team will take the time to work through the process with you, to ensure the best outcome for your little one.
Our surgeons are members of the Australian Society of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.