When to See a Pediatric ENT

February 12, 2024

Has your child ever been to an ear, nose, and throat doctor? Statistics show ENT visits account for one of the top reasons children visit their physician, with ear infections claiming the No. 1 reason, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. This Kids ENT Health Month, learn about some of the most common ENT procedures for pediatric patients and when you should bring your child to an ENT specialist.

What Is an ENT Doctor?

Also known as otolaryngologists, ENT doctors treat a wide range of conditions and illnesses that affect the head and neck — namely, the ears, nose, and throat as well as the sinus cavities connecting the three. ENT doctors are simultaneously medical doctors and surgeons, meaning they’re uniquely qualified to diagnose conditions and illnesses and treat them surgically.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, ENT doctors’ qualifications include at least four years of medical school plus a one-year surgical internship, one year of residency training in general surgery, and at least three to four years of residency in otolaryngology and head/neck surgery. Additionally, pediatric ENTs often complete additional fellowships at children’s medical centers.

Common Pediatric ENT Procedures

The list of procedures performed by ENT doctors is wide and can encompass many conditions affecting the head, neck, and sinuses. Some of the most common surgical procedures for pediatric patients include the following:

Common Pediatric ENT Procedures

Many children can be treated by a primary care physician or family doctor for mild sinus issues. However, frequent or recurring conditions may require a referral to an ENT doctor. According to Healthline, any of the following issues may warrant a visit to an ENT doctor:

Care for your kids’ senses — Dr. Paul Conrad is an ENT specialist who sees patients on the fourth Wednesday each month at the Culbertson Specialty Clinic. To schedule an appointment, call (217) 322-5271.