Children are not just small adults. They cannot always say what is bothering them. They cannot always answer medical questions, and are not always able to be patient and cooperative during a medical examination. Pediatric otolaryngologists know how to examine and treat children in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative. In addition, pediatric otolaryngologists use equipment specially designed for children.
What is a Pediatric Otolaryngologist?
If your child needs surgical or complex medical treatment for illnesses or problems affecting the ear, nose, or throat, a pediatric otolaryngologist has the experience and qualifications to treat your child.
If your pediatrician suggests that your child see a specialist for a problem with his ears, nose, or throat, a pediatric otolaryngologist has the widest range of treatment options, the most extensive and comprehensive training, and the greatest expertise in dealing with children and in treating children’s ear, nose, and throat disorders.
What Kind of Training Do Pediatric Otolaryngologists Have?
Pediatric otolaryngologists are medical doctors who have had
- At least 4 years of medical school
- One year of surgical internship
- Often 1 additional year of residency training in general surgery
- At least 3 to 4 additional years of residency training in otolaryngology and head and neck surgery
- Pediatric otolaryngologists often complete additional training in fellowship programs at a large children’s medical center
Pediatric otolaryngologists treat children from the newborn period through the teenage years. They choose to make pediatric care the core of their medical practice, and the unique nature of medical and surgical care of children is learned from advanced training and experience in practice.
Conditions our Pediatric Otolaryngologists treat are:
- Middle ear conditions, such as chronic (repeated) ear infections
- Evaluation and management of hearing loss, including traditional hearing evaluation and implantable hearing devices such as Cochlear Implants
- Congenital malformations of the ear, such as microtia and aural atresia
- Tonsils and adenoid disorders, including obstructive sleep apnea syndrome
- Evaluation and treatment of sinus disease in children
- Environmental allergies that affect the sinus or ear disease
- Treatment of patients with cleft lip and palate, and related speech disorders
- Velopharyngeal insufficiency – hypernasality or airleak with speech
- Evaluation and treatment of voice disorders
- Surgical management of airway disorders, such as laryngomalacia, tracheomalacia, subglottic stenosis, papillomas, vocal cord paralysis, vocal nodules
- Head and neck growths, cancer, or masses (benign or cancerous)
- Hemangiomas, vascular malformations, and lymphatic malformations (cystic hygromas)
- OK-432 sclerotherapy
- A team approach to the care of the medically complex children, working with other doctors or specialists, to treat conditions such as cystic fibrosis, hematologic disorders, Down syndrome, pediatric cardiac disease, etc.
- Swallowing disorders
- Evaluation and treatment of the ear, nose, or throat conditions caused by or a result of gastroesophageal reflux
- Disease in the infant and child
- Removal of foreign bodies from the ear, nose, or throat