Among children, it is not uncommon to have sinusitis or other ear infections. What sets these conditions apart from those that affect adults are that they can be more viral than bacterial, and the situations in which these conditions occur are often different due to the anatomy of children’s throats, noses, and ears, as well as their immune systems being weaker overall.
That makes it essential to consult a pediatric ent surprise immediately if your child shows symptoms of any kind of ENT condition. Only a pediatric ENT would be able to recommend the most appropriate course of treatment for your child.
Let us now see into the common kind of ENT conditions that are common among children.
Children’s sinuses are much smaller than those of adults. This is because children’s sinuses develop throughout their childhood. In the process, they tend to get infected easily and often. They may also become blocked up, causing a build-up of pressure in the ears or pain behind them. This pressure may cause pain in your child’s face and even lead to infections elsewhere in the head region, high fever, and dizziness.
Asthma is a breathing condition in which the airways of the breathing tubes get irritated and inflamed. When this happens, it becomes difficult for children to breathe and they start gasping for breath. This leads to coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. In extreme cases, asthmatic attacks may also lead to a loss of consciousness or even death.
Tongue-tie is actually a condition in which the frenulum or the tongue union is too short, making it difficult for your child to stick out his tongue. This may cause problems such as drooling and trouble when breastfeeding and chewing food.
Tonsils are the lymphatic tissues at the back of the throat. If these are infected, they turn red and swollen. This is because a viral infection or even allergies can make them inflamed and cause fever, sore throat, ear infections, and painful swallowing.
Sleep-disordered breathing occurs when the upper airway gets obstructed because of some obstructing conditions that prevent air from entering. This can cause snoring, insomnia, headaches, and even daytime drowsiness.