By Century Ear, Nose, Throat, Head & Neck Surgery
April 29, 2021
Category: ENT Care

Could your child benefit from seeing an ENT doctor for treatment?

From ear infections to tonsillitis, there are many reasons why parents may bring their child in to visit our Orland Park, Evergreen Park, and New Lenox, IL, otolaryngology specialists at Century Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery. After all, they specialize in providing pediatric ear, nose, and throat care to children and teens throughout Orland Park, Evergreen Park, and New Lenox, IL. While some symptoms may easily be treated by a pediatrician, how do you know when to bring your child in to see our otolaryngology specialist?

My child has an ear infection. Do they need to see a doctor?

Most parents aren’t sure whether an ear infection warrants immediate medical attention or whether they should hold off. Most minor ear infections will go away on their own; however, you should monitor your child’s infection over the next 1-2 days. If symptoms get worse, then give us a call; however, you should seek immediate treatment from our ENT team if,

  • Your child has an ear infection and they are under six months old
  • Your child has a high fever (over 102.2 degrees F)
  • Your child is experiencing severe symptoms or signs of hearing loss
  • Your child’s symptoms are getting worse
  • Their symptoms last more than 2-3 days

Does my child need ear tubes?

If your child is getting regular ear infections, then it’s normal to weigh the pros and cons of getting ear tubes. Ear tubes are great for preventing future ear infections in your child, which also prevents them from taking antibiotics regularly; however, simply dealing with ear infections a couple of times a year doesn’t necessarily mean that your child needs ear tubes. You may want to consider ear tubes if ear infections are impacting your child’s hearing and there is a concern for developmental delays, or if your child is dealing with more than three ear infections in a six-month period.

When should I turn to a pediatric ENT doctor?

Most people assume that our team is only here to handle those chest coughs, runny noses, and ear infections; however, there are many reasons why families turn to our Orland Park, Evergreen Park, and New Lenox, IL, otolaryngology practice for care. We can prevent, diagnose, and treat a wide range of conditions, injuries, and issues including,

  • Balance disorders
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Hearing impairments
  • Head and neck cancer
  • Swallowing disorders
  • Facial deformities (e.g. cleft lip)
  • Nasal deformities and obstructions
  • Breathing challenges
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Sinus disorders
  • Sleep disorders
  • Head and neck injuries
  • Vocal cord injuries

We can address any concerns or issues from the moment a baby is born and we can continue to provide care for them the rest of their lives. Want to learn more about the otolaryngology services we offer here in Orland Park, New Lenox, and Evergreen Park, IL? Need to schedule an appointment for your little one? If so, call Century Ear, Nose and Throat, Head and Neck Surgery at (708) 460-0007 today.

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