Children are not just small adults; we recognize that children require specialized care for their unique conditions. Located in San Antonio, Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat Institute is the only ENT practice in South Texas exclusively serving the needs of pediatric patients, including Spanish-speaking children and families.
For more than 25 years, we’ve upheld the highest standards in children’s medical care from infants to teenagers. Our practice offers in-house diagnostic equipment and devices to ensure we have the tools available to find answers to your child’s ENT ailment. We provide services in our clinic and provide on-call care at children’s hospitals in San Antonio.
Our approach is comprehensive – we believe in educating families about a child’s condition, not just providing a diagnosis.
Did you know?
For acute conditions, such as removing a foreign object from a child’s ear or nose, come see us instead of taking a trip to the emergency room. You can make an appointment with us directly because a referral from your child’s doctor is not required.
We look forward to meeting new patients and their families. To make the most of your first visit, it’s helpful to know what to expect and how to prepare.
What to bring
- A picture ID and health insurance card
- Completed New Patient Form and Medical Records Request. If you are not able to complete them in advance, plan on arriving 20 minutes prior to your appointment
- A list of your child’s medications (including medication name and dosage)
- Any notes regarding your child’s condition, such as when it began, frequency, current treatments
The medical exam
- Much like a visit to your pediatrician’s office, before you see the doctor your child’s height, weight and temperature will be taken by a member of our team.
- Medical personnel will also note the medical issue and your child’s current medications so the doctor is fully informed.
- If your child is being evaluated for a hearing issue, our audiologist will conduct a hearing test.
- The medical exam will then be conducted by the doctor who will discuss the diagnosis, recommended treatment (including surgery, if applicable) and follow-up exams needed.
- We will send a report of the results to your child’s pediatrician.
Cancellations. If you need to reschedule, please notify us at least 24-48 hours in advance so we can offer your appointment time to another patient.
Late arrivals. Please arrive on time. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, we will need to reschedule your appointment.
Parent supervision. We encourage a parent to be present at the appointment. If a parent is not present, a signed consent form must be presented beforehand.
Scheduling surgery. If your child is a candidate for surgery, you may schedule the operation at the time of your visit. Our surgical coordinator will tell you dates and times available.
- Re-review all Surgical Patient Documents and note any questions to discuss with the physician after surgery.
- Restrict your child from eating and drinking at least eight hours before his or her surgery.
- Prepare a comfortable area at home for your child to recover when you return home.
- Stock up in advance on clear liquids, pain relief and other supplies.
- Write down any questions you have for the physician at the time of admitting and before going home.
- Let your child know what to expect using age-appropriate language.
- Review all Surgical Patient Documents. These documents will tell you what you need to know and how to prepare.
- Family members will wait in the facility’s family room while the attending physician and staff perform the procedure.
- Pain and fever may occur after surgery. Relieve it with Tylenol or a narcotic, depending on your child’s age.
- Keep your child hydrated with clear liquids and soft foods. Anesthesia can cause nausea, so food intake might be minimal.
- Restrict physical activity, such as running, jumping and contact sports until your child has completely recovered.
- Call our office if any questions arise after you get home.
Surgical Patient Documents
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