Pediatric ENT

Pediatric ENT

Pediatric ENT services offered in Chelmsford, Concord and Woburn, MA and Nashua and Derry, NH

Children are especially vulnerable to ear, nose, and throat (ENT) problems. Pediatric ENT specialists hold a prominent and valued place at Massachusetts Ear, Nose and Throat Associates, where the team understands children's unique needs and truly enjoys helping them stay healthy. If your child develops an ENT problem, don't wait to schedule an appointment. There are offices in Chelmsford, Woburn, and Concord, Massachusetts, and Nashua and Derry, New Hampshire. Call the nearest office or book a visit online today.

What conditions do pediatric ENT specialists treat?

Pediatric ENTs have special training and expertise in caring for infants, children, and teens with problems affecting their ear, nose, throat, sinuses, head, and neck. The Massachusetts Ear, Nose and Throat Associates team treats the full scope of ENT conditions, including:

  • Middle ear infections
  • Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia)
  • Speech delay
  • Pediatric hearing loss
  • Swimmer’s ear (outer ear infection)
  • Airway and breathing disorders
  • Nasal congestion
  • Pediatric sinusitis
  • Recurrent strep throat
  • Tonsillitis and adenoiditis
  • Sleep apnea
  • Pediatric gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

The team understands that children aren't always comfortable when a stranger gets up close to examine their ears, nose, and throat. They have a natural talent for connecting with kids, making them feel comfortable, and helping them relax. 

What symptoms do pediatric ENT conditions cause?

Older children can explain their pain or hearing problems, but younger children often don't know what's wrong or how to describe their symptoms. For this reason, children often show their physical distress with emotional and behavioral changes.

Some of the most common physical and behavioral symptoms include:

  • Pulling or tugging on their ears
  • More irritable or fussy than usual
  • Excessive or bloody nasal drainage
  • Restless sleep or difficulty sleeping
  • Swallowing problems
  • Poor appetite or feeding
  • Vomiting or regurgitation
  • Neck stiffness
  • Hoarseness
  • Fever
  • Fatigue
  • Not responding when you call them
  • Turning up the volume on the TV, computer, or video games 

This list isn't comprehensive, but it gives you a general idea of the range of symptoms beyond children saying they have a tummy ache or earache. 

What treatments do pediatric ENT specialists provide?

Your provider determines the best treatment based on your child's diagnosis and the severity of their symptoms. They always begin with the most appropriate conservative treatment.

Conservative therapies may include pain relievers, nasal sprays, and decongestants. In some cases, the best treatment involves easing their symptoms while closely monitoring the problem and giving it a chance to heal without antibiotics. 

Ear infections or a fluid buildup often require temporary ear tubes, while frequent bouts of tonsillitis may lead to surgery to remove their tonsils. 

For pediatric hearing loss, the Massachusetts Ear, Nose and Throat Associates team performs comprehensive pediatric hearing tests and has a selection of child-friendly hearing aids. 

If your child needs help with an ENT problem, call Massachusetts Ear, Nose and Throat Associates or book an appointment online today.