At ARC, our ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) doctors offer a wide range of pediatric ENT services specifically geared toward children. From ear infections in toddlers to sinus problems in adolescents, our team takes a specialized approach with children, for your child's comfort and your peace of mind. "Overall, a pediatric ENT can provide specialized care for a range of ear, nose, and throat issues in children," says Achal R. Dhruva, MD, Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) at ARC Medical Plaza Specialty, "which can help to improve their health and quality of life."
Common reasons to see an ARC Pediatric ENT
A parent or caretaker might seek out an ARC Pediatric ENT specialist for a variety of reasons related to ear, nose, and throat health in children, such as:
- Recurrent ear infections: When a child has frequent or persistent ear infections. "Frequent ear infections in a child may be caused by an underlying structural abnormality, allergies, or other factors," says Dr. Dhruva. "They might result in hearing loss, speech and language delays, and other complications if left untreated."
- Hearing problems: When a child is experiencing hearing loss, difficulty hearing, or other problems with their ears or hearing.
- Nasal congestion and allergies: Chronic nasal congestion or allergies that are affecting a child's quality of life. "This can result in difficulty breathing, disrupted sleep, and decreased appetite," says Dr. Dhruva.
- Tonsil and adenoid issues: When a child experiencing frequent or severe tonsil or adenoid infections, or if the tonsils or adenoids are causing sleep apnea or other breathing problems.
- Speech and language delays: Speech and language delays related to hearing or other ear, nose, and throat issues.
- Voice and swallowing disorders: When a child is experiencing hoarseness, difficulty swallowing, or other issues related to their voice or swallowing.
- Head and neck masses: If a child has a mass or lump in their neck.
- Snoring and sleep apnea: When a child exhibits gasping, choking, or loud snorting during sleep. "Sleep apnea is characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep," says Dr. Dhruva, "which can lead to daytime sleepiness, poor concentration, and other health issues."
If surgery is indicated
If your child requires surgery, our team of ENT surgeons can perform procedures at Dell Children's Medical Center, Strictly Pediatric Surgery Center, and other major hospitals in Central Texas.
Make an appointment today
Our ARC Pediatric ENTs are located in multiple ARC Clinics around Central Texas. To make an appointment visit the ARC Pediatric ENT page, select the clinic most convenient to you, and call for an appointment.