ENT stands for ear, nose, and throat. Children often develops Ear nose and throat symptoms that are different from adults. As they are unable to properly communicate their problems, a ENT Doctor for children are trained to be more aware of Children ENT problems. These doctors are specialized in taking care of the ear, nose, throat and upper respiratory tract area in children. They are able to decipher the symptoms that affect the child through interaction and examination. It is therefore very important to understand the role that is played by ENT doctors for children.
Why do we need ENT doctors for children?
Children are different from adults in many ways. They have their own unique needs and problems. Applying the same approach for diagnosis in children and adults may not work.
The demand for a group of doctors that understand the particular demands of children is increasing. For example, we know that children may not be able to express how they truly feel, so we need doctors who are like parents and can play and patiently couch them to review their symptoms.
Let us look at the attributes of a good ENT Doctor for Children.
- Active listener
As mentioned before, kids have their own peculiar needs, and our duty as a children ENT doctor is to spot those needs and act accordingly. One of the most powerful ways is active listening. One has to pay attention to what the kid is saying as well as what they might not be spoken.
As you listen, pick up cues that you think might be relevant to your treatment. Kids may be misleading or unable to express themselves, but one of your best shots is listening actively to the kid, but as you do this try not to appear too mechanical. We must ask the right questions that the child can understand according to their age.
- Highly Perceptive
Another attribute that is needed by ENT doctor for children is perception. Your success depends on the understanding of what is being said, as well as what is not being said by the kids. ENT doctors are highly perceptive, they must be able to pick out the subtlest cues from their patients. ENT doctors must be meticulous when studying and examining their patient’s behavior and symptoms because they may be signs of underlying problems.
- Creative and cheerful
This is quite obvious. You can’t get anywhere with kids if you don’t put on a smiling face and and have a cheerful character that kids would feel comfortable to be around. An ENT doctor must be ready to put on that playful side when it comes to children. A character that is tuned to being jovial and engaging will go a long way with kids.
Always involve the parents and care giver to participate in the consultation.
Seek out creative ways to engage the kids while getting all the information you need to make them better. A doctor who is too serious will only scare the kids away and lead them to withhold information you need.
An ENT doctor must be engaging and easy to talk to. They must make their patients feel at home and comfortable speaking with them.
Experienced ENT doctors understand that because kids may not know how to express themselves and report symptoms; they may not recognise that they have issues. These initial easily treatable illnesses may now become problematic and more persistent.
In many circumstances, while the child may not be very ill, their quality of life is affected. They may be lethargic, having a persistent block nose that affect the quality of sleep leading to poor attention span and irritability.
Or they have an undiagnosed hearing loss which make the child less attentive or seem not interested in their environment.
While we can address and treat the symptoms, getting to the underlying cause is needed to prevent recurrences. This is where experience plays a role.
Having an inviting environment with cheerful and friendly stuff, activities to engage the children will help to put the child at ease and allow the Children ENT Doctor to treat the appropriately to get the desired outcome.
Symptoms of ENT problems in children
Symptoms are classified based on the different organ that is being affected. We have symptoms for the ear, throat, nose, snoring, allergies, and general ENT symptoms.
Children Symptoms that should be seen by Children ENT Doctor
Below are some of the symptoms that ENT doctors take care of in children:
- Blocked nose
- Frequent Runny
- NoseFrequent Coughs
- Frequent Sore throat / Tonsillitis
- Frequent Snoring
- Mouth Breathing
- Decreased Hearing
- Ear infections
- Nose Bleeds
- Restless Sleep
- Allergic Asthma
Below are some of the symptoms associated with throat problems in children:
- Chronic Cough
- Sore throat
- Loss of Voice
- Neck Lumps or Swelling
- Bloodstained saliva or nose discharge
Symptoms of ear issues in children include:
- Blocked Ears
- Ear Wax
- Hearing Loss
- Ear Pain
- Ear Discharge
- Ringing in the ear
- Persistent Dizziness or Vertigo
- Sinus Pain or pressure
- Blocked nose or congestion
- Runny nose or sneezing
- Loss of Smell
- Post-Nasal Drip
- Nose Bleeds
Snoring & Sleep Problems
- Snoring in Children & Adult
- Mouth Breathing
- Sleep Apnoea
- Sleep Study
- CPAP Machine
- Allergic Nose
- Eyes Allergies
- Allergic Asthma
If your child has recurring ENT symptoms that may be innocuous but persistent and affect the child regularly, your child should be assessed a Children ENT doctor.
You can contact our clinic for an appointment with Dr YT Pang, our experienced Children ENT Doctor.