Children and their developing bodies and senses often need special attention. Pediatric otolaryngology is an important field of medicine that focuses on diagnosing and treating ENT disorders in children.
With the help of a pediatric otolaryngologist, most children with ENT disorders can receive effective treatment and improve their overall health and well-being.
The Role of a Pediatric Otolaryngology
A pediatric otolaryngologist is a doctor who specializes in diagnosing and treating ENT disorders in children. They have specific training and experience in dealing with the unique anatomy and physiology of a child’s head and neck. They work closely with other healthcare professionals, such as pediatricians, audiologists, and speech therapists, to provide comprehensive care for their young patients.
After finishing his master’s training in ENT, Dr. Sanu P Moideen has received additional training in pediatric ENT from the prestigious Christian Medical College, Vellore and from Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston, USA. He is well versed in management of common pediatric ENT disorders like
- Ear infections: These are one of the most common reasons for children to visit a pediatric otolaryngologist. Symptoms of an ear infection include ear pain, fever, and difficulty hearing.
- Adeno-Tonsillitis: This is an inflammation of the adenoids and tonsils, which can cause snoring, mouth breathing, sleep disturbance, sore throat, difficulty swallowing, and fever.
- Sinusitis: This is an inflammation of the sinuses, which can cause congestion, facial pain, and headaches.
- Allergies: Allergies can cause symptoms such as a runny nose, sneezing, and itchy eyes.
- Speech and language disorders: Pediatric otolaryngologists also work with children who have speech and language disorders, such as stuttering or difficulty with articulation.
- Developmental problems like – Branchial cysts, fistula, pre-auricular sinuses, neck masses, thyroglossal cyst, choanal atresia etc.
- Hearing problems
- Airway problems – laryngotracheal reconstruction, balloon dilatation, pediatric voice disorders etc.
These disorders can have a significant impact on a child’s quality of life, so it is important to seek medical attention if you suspect your child may have an ENT disorder.