Comprehensive Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Treatment for Your Child
Ear, nose, and throat problems can affect children from birth through early adulthood. They can vary from mild concerns to serious issues that require medical or surgical treatment. At Duke Children’s, our pediatric otolaryngologists diagnose and treat the full range of ear, nose, and throat (ENT) disorders. We work with specialists throughout Duke to achieve the best possible outcome for your child.
About Childhood ENT Disorders
Ear, nose, and throat disorders can range from common problems, such as ear infections, chronic cough, or nasal congestion, to more serious concerns, such as an airway obstruction or a mass in the neck. They can be problems your child was born with -- for example, a cleft lip or ear deformity -- or something that develops later on, such as thyroid or parathyroid disease.
It’s important to seek treatment for ENT disorders, as they can affect your child’s ability to:
- Succeed in school
- Participate in social activities
Expert, Comprehensive Care for ENT Conditions
Our pediatric ENT specialists provide the most advanced treatments for a wide range of ear, nose, and throat disorders. We partner with other pediatric experts throughout Duke to provide the care your child needs.
- We work with pediatric pulmonologists, gastroenterologists, speech pathologists, nutritionists, and social workers to optimize care for children with airway obstructions or other problems that affect their ability to breathe or swallow.
- We work with pediatric pulmonary and neurology doctors to diagnose and treat obstructive sleep apnea -- which can cause your child to stop breathing for short periods of time during sleep.
- If your child has hearing loss, we work with pediatric auditory specialists and ENT surgeons to diagnose the cause and find an appropriate treatment. This can include surgery to manage chronic ear infections, provide hearing devices such as cochlear implants, perform ear reconstruction, or place ear prostheses. It may also include speech therapy to address any speech delays.
- Head and neck tumors can be scary, but most of them are benign lumps. Our ENT experts work with the pediatric tumor board to coordinate your child’s care. We work with medical and radiation oncologists to obtain biopsies for diagnosis and provide treatment when cancer is present.
- As part of the Duke Voice Care Center, our ENT team works with voice therapists to help children who are experiencing hoarseness, vocal cord dysfunction, vocal cord lesions, or vocal cord paralysis.
Family-Friendly ENT Services
We provide a wealth of family-friendly services, support, and education for your entire family. We’re here to answer your questions and make your time at Duke Children’s as easy and comfortable as possible.
- If your child is staying at Duke Children’s, you can relax in the Ronald McDonald House Family Room. You can grab a light meal, shower, do laundry, or use a computer with internet access.
- We offer support, education, and guidance to help you and your child during treatment and hospitalization. Our child life specialists are here to make your child's health care experience positive -- whether it's explaining a procedure, offering encouragement, or using fun activities to take your child’s mind off treatment.
- Our social workers can help you navigate the medical system and coordinate the variety of health services your child needs. We help you work with insurance providers, connect you with resources, and help you manage details related to your child’s care.