ENT or ear, nose, and throat medicine is a specialty that children quite often require as they’re susceptible to ear and throat infections and other ENT conditions. Ameeta Chowdhary, MSN, FNP-C, of Little Star Pediatrics in Avondale, Arizona, can help your child by accurately diagnosing the cause of their illness and providing effective treatment solutions. Ameeta is a highly experienced family nurse practitioner who specializes in children’s health, so call Little Star Pediatrics today to find out more.
ENT is short for ear, nose, and throat, which is a medical specialty also known as otolaryngology.
ENT problems are common in children. They range from conditions like ear and sinus infections and strep throat to chronic problems with tonsils and adenoids, as well as conditions like cleft lip and palate and balance disorders.
As an experienced nurse practitioner, Ameeta Chowdhary of Little Star Pediatrics can diagnose and treat common ENT conditions. She can also provide referrals to an otolaryngologist if your child needs more specialized treatment.
Many conditions that cause ENT symptoms are common childhood illnesses like colds and other types of aural or respiratory infections. In a healthy child, these conditions clear up within a week or two without needing treatment, as long as your child rests and gives their body time to fight off the infection.
Some types of infection, like cold and flu, are caused by viruses that you can’t treat using antibiotics. However, there are also bacterial infections like sinusitis and strep throat, that can be treated using antibiotics.
If your child isn’t getting better or has symptoms of a bacterial infection, Ameeta can diagnose the cause and prescribe antibiotics when appropriate. Getting the treatment right could make a significant difference to your child’s future health and the likelihood of them having issues such as permanent hearing reduction.
Ears don’t just enable your child to hear; they’re also critical for balance. If there’s a problem in your child’s ears, they might feel nauseous and get dizzy or fall over. Hearing loss, dizziness, ringing in the ears, and pain in the face and ear are all common symptoms of ear conditions.
Your child’s nose filters the air they breathe, keeping out dirt and allergens. Nasal conditions can affect how well your child’s nose functions and cause pain and problems with breathing. Common nasal conditions include:
Throat problems can cause pain and soreness, which can be severe. They might affect your child’s ability to speak, or they might affect how well your child can swallow or even breathe. Typical throat problems Ameeta sees at Little Star Pediatrics include:
As well as these conditions, ENT medicine also covers related conditions, for example, enlarged glands in the neck. Ameeta can help your child if they’re having problems sleeping, or they have conditions like allergies or asthma.
If your child has ENT problems, call Little Star Pediatrics today to schedule a consultation.