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An ear, nose and throat specialist (ENT) is a physician trained in the medical and surgical treatment of the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. They have special expertise in managing diseases of the ears, nose and nasal passage sinuses, larynx (voice box), oral cavity and upper pharynx (mouth and throat), as well as structures of the neck and face. ENT is the oldest medical specialty in the United States.

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The Most Common ENT Complaints in Children

The Most Common ENT Complaints in Children

Some children aren’t yet old or mature enough to be able to sit down with their pediatricians and explain what’s the matter with them. This is why it is important to take any child who appears to be having respiratory, sleep or sinus issues to an ENT straight away. Common ENT related complaints that children have include sore throat, chronic runny noses and respiratory sleep issues.

Children Who Can’t Stay Asleep Throughout the Night

The issue can first appear to be related to disobedience or even restlessness. Eventually, many parents are able to tell whether their kids are getting up several times a night because they can’t stay asleep or don’t want to be in bed alone. Sometimes nasal congestion issues in children can be problematic when they aren’t able to breathe through their noses at night. This ENT related complaint in children is best vocalized in kids from six years of age and above.

Sore Scratchy Throat

Generally, when a child complains of having a sore throat, his or her parents will use cough syrup to dull the symptoms. Since children often get sick, complaints of a sore throat are usually no big deal. On the other hand, no one – especially kids – is supposed to have red, raw, constantly sore throats. This makes throat and tonsil infections one of the biggest ENT complaints that children and their families have.

Post Nasal Drip

A nose that drips mucus for long stretches of time can be quite annoying to adults, so imagine how small children cope. Runny noses go hand in hand with post nasal drip, and the symptoms are not always easy to manage. If a child is suffering from allergies, post nasal drip can go on and on without an end in sight. This is another reason for concern for children, their parents and ENT doctors.

Earaches in Children

Earaches can be quite severe, especially for children who cannot vocalize what they are going through. Sinus infections that can masquerade themselves as headaches and often include earache as a symptom. Any child who is sensitive to sound and complains of headache could easily be suffering from an earache.

The most common ENT complaints in children also happen to be common with adults, and they all require the treatment of trained ENTs. The fact of the matter is that the ears, nose and throats of developing children work similarly in adulthood. Make an appointment with the best ENT doctors in NYC today if your child is experiencing any of these symptoms.

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