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By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
December 28, 2020
Category: ENT Care
Tags: ENT Services  

You shouldn’t let ear infections, speech delays, or sinus problems slow down your child’s development. Most kids often require special ENT care while their senses are still developing. When a child is struggling with a condition that negatively impacts the ears, nose, or throat, you need an actionable plan that’s tailor-fitted to your child.

Here at the Century Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery, we have pediatric ENT doctors in our Orland Park, Evergreen Park and New Lenox, IL office that are highly capable of diagnosing and treating kids with different ENT issues. Our pediatric ENT doctors can diagnose and treat a multitude of ENT-related disorders, including inherited issues, infections, delays, as well as other complications to safeguard your child’s sense of smell, hearing, and voice.

Hearing and Ear ENT Care

Kids utilize hearing every single day to communicate, play, and learn, and any issues with the ear will negatively your child’s quality of life. In our offices, our pediatric ENT doctors can treat hearing loss, balance issues, eardrum perforations, and repeated or chronic ear infections.

Among these issues, ear infections are most common in young kids. They are typically a result of fluid accumulation inside the middle ear. These can cause intense ear pain and fever. It’s vital to inform your pediatric ENT of repeated ear infections to avoid further complications. In some cases, kids who suffer from repeated infections will need to have tiny tubes surgically inserted into their ears to efficiently drain the fluid before it builds up and turn into an infection.

Sinus and Nose ENT Care

Problems with the sinuses or nose impact two crucial functions: sleeping and breathing. Here in our New Lenox, IL, Evergreen Park, IL, and Orland Park, IL, offices, our pediatric ENT physicians diagnose and treat allergies, issues related to sleep like sleep apnea or excessive snoring, as well as sinus problems.

Voice and Throat ENT Care

Our pediatric ENT doctors can likewise determine what’s causing speech delays in kids and treat throat and voice disorders. They provide pediatric ENT care for speech delays, breathing difficulties, such as conditions that require surgical airway reconstruction, voice conditions, and swallowing problems.

Besides these problems, however, you should consult your pediatric ENT doctor if your child is experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Fits or seizures
  • Difficulty swallowing fluids
  • Severe headaches or a stiff neck, which could indicate a more serious problem
  • Any ENT injury

Reach Out to Us To Learn More About Pediatric ENT Services

Call (708) 460-0007 to arrange a consultation with your pediatric ENT doctor in our Orland Park, Evergreen Park and New Lenox, IL office here at Century Ear, Nose & Throat, Head & Neck Surgery.


By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
December 09, 2020
Category: ENT Conditions
Tags: Dry Mouth  
he Possible Causes of Dry Mouth
Feeling like your mouth is as dry as the Sahara? While dry mouth is fairly common if this is a problem you are dealing with regularly then you may be wondering what’s going on and why it’s happening to you. Common causes of dry mouth include:
 
Medications
There are some medications in which dry mouth is a common side effect. Dry mouth is more common in allergy meds, anti-anxiety drugs, anti-depressants, cold medications, acne treatments, high blood pressure medication, asthma inhalers, or muscle relaxants.
 
Certain Health Disorders
Dry mouth could also be indicative of a health condition. Those with HIV, diabetes, anemia, high blood pressure, or hypertension are more likely to deal with dry mouth.
 
Dehydration
Did you know that most Americans aren’t drinking enough water? If you are one of them, then it’s only natural that you’re going to deal with dry mouth. If you are losing fluids through vomiting or diarrhea, or if you are participating in sports during the summer, you must be consuming enough fluids and staying hydrated to offset the increased loss of fluid.
 
Lifestyle habits
Certain habits could also be contributing to your dry mouth. If you are a mouth breather this is a common reason you could be dealing with this pesky problem. Those who smoke or use tobacco products are also more likely to deal with dry mouth.
 
What are the signs of dry mouth?
While it might be obvious that a dry mouth will feel, well dry, there are other symptoms associated with dry mouth including,
  • Sore or irritated throat
  • Excessive thirst
  • Changes in taste
Less obvious symptoms include hoarseness or dry eyes.
 
When should I see a doctor?
We all know that not drinking enough water or even being stressed out can lead to the occasional bout of dry mouth, but if you are dealing with this problem regularly it’s important to see a doctor since this could be a sign of an underlying health problem that will most likely require treatment.
 
If you are dealing with persistent dry mouth an ENT doctor can determine what’s going on and how to best combat it. Since dry mouth has the ability to lead to bad breath, decay, and gum disease, it’s a good idea to get this problem under control.