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Pediatric ENT

ENT & Allergy

Otolaryngology & Allergy Clinic located in Midwest City, OK

Children are more prone to ear infections and tonsillitis than adults, as well as many other ENT problems that require specialist care. If your child needs ear, nose, and throat treatment, board-certified otolaryngologist Jeff Goodell, DO, and audiologist Lara Smith, AuD, of ENT & Allergy in Midwest City, Oklahoma, can help. They provide expert treatments for a range of pediatric ENT problems, including in-office ear tube fittings. To find out more, call ENT & Allergy or book an appointment online today.

Pediatric ENT Q & A

What is pediatric ENT?

Pediatric ENT is ear, nose, and throat care for children. Your child might benefit from pediatric ENT care if they have chronic or recurring symptoms affecting their:

Ears

Symptoms could include ear pain, hearing difficulties, or ringing in the ears. Your child might frequently pull on or rub their ears, and this may be the only sign of ear problems in young children who haven't started talking yet.

Nose

Common symptoms include excessive or bloody nasal drainage or loud snoring.

Throat

Persistent sore throat and swallowing problems are some of the more common symptoms. You might see patches of white or yellow at the back of your child's throat, or visible swelling.

Pediatric ENT conditions can also cause fever, stomach ache, poor sleep, stiff neck, and irritability. In addition, your child might have problems with their speech development.

What conditions can pediatric ENT specialists treat?

Pediatric ENT specialists like Dr. Goodell and audiologist Lara Smith can treat a broad range of ear, nose, and throat conditions, including unusual ones that your primary care physician might not be familiar with.

Some of the conditions they treat include:

  • Allergies
  • Ear infections
  • Epistaxis (nosebleeds)
  • Perforated eardrum
  • Tonsillitis
  • Tongue-tie
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Nasal obstruction
  • Adenoid hypertrophy
  • Thyroid and parathyroid disease


After looking at the referring physician's notes, your provider undertakes a comprehensive medical history review and examination of your child. It might also be necessary for your child to undergo diagnostic imaging and blood tests to assess their condition.

What treatments are there for pediatric ENT conditions?

The treatment your child requires for their pediatric ENT disorder depends on the diagnosis they receive and the severity of their condition.

Wherever possible, the ENT & Allergy team uses the most conservative treatments to avoid exposing your child to medications unnecessarily.

However, problems like tonsillitis and sinusitis that are due to bacterial infections might require antibiotics, or your child might need antihistamines to control an allergy.

One pediatric ENT procedure that the team specializes in is placing ear tubes.

What role do ear tubes play in pediatric ENT?

Ear tubes are tiny, hollow ducts Dr. Goodell places into your child's eardrum to improve airflow and stop fluid buildup. Ear tubes help prevent painful ear infections, hearing problems, and delays in speech development.

The ENT & Allergy team uses Tula® System ear tubes, so your child can be treated in-office rather than having to go to the hospital. As well as being more convenient, in-office procedures only require a local anesthetic rather than a general, making them safer for your child.

For more information about the cutting-edge pediatric ENT treatments available at ENT & Allergy, call the office or book an appointment online today.