Members of the Care Team
- - A pediatric otolaryngologist, or ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor, is a physician who completed an additional five-year otolaryngology residency program and one to two years of additional pediatric training. This training gives pediatric otolaryngologists the skills needed to evaluate and care for children of all ages with conditions involving the ear, nose or throat. A board certified pediatric otolaryngologist has successfully passed an additional evaluation by the American Board of Otolaryngology and has special competences in pediatric otolaryngology. Advanced practice providers and audiologists often work in collaboration with pediatric otolaryngologists. Other specialists, including pulmonologists, allergists, developmental pediatricians, infectious disease specialists, gastroenterologists, speech therapists and/or lactation consultants, may either refer a child to a practice, or serve as a consultant regarding his or her unique situation.
Who needs to see a Pediatric Otolaryngologist (ENT)?
Pediatric ENTs treat children of all ages experiencing problems related to the ear, nose, throat and related structures of the head and neck. Children experiencing any of the following symptoms or conditions should be evaluated by a pediatric otolaryngologist:
- Recurrent ear infections
- Hearing loss
- Speech delay
- Sleep apnea
- Sinus infections (persistent or repeat occurrences)
- Tonsil infection (persistent or repeat occurrences)
- Strep throat (persistent or repeat occurrences)
- Noisy breathing
- Eating problems
What can I expect at the first visit?
At the first visit, the pediatric otolaryngologist will conduct a comprehensive evaluation, which will include a physical exam and medical history, including previous x-rays or test results. As part of the evaluation, the pediatric otolaryngologist may conduct additional testing including an audiogram, hearing test or flexible endoscopy. The physical exam, medical history and interpretation of any test results will give the pediatric otolaryngologist the information needed to make a diagnosis and recommend a treatment plan.
- American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery