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. Duke 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.
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Conditions We Treat
- Airway Disorders
- Chronic Ear Infections
- Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate Repair
- Cochlear Implant Surgery in Children
- Ear Deformities
- Hearing Loss and Hearing Disorders
- Nasopharyngeal Cancer in Children and Adolescents
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
Comprehensive Care for ENT Conditions
We partner with other pediatric experts throughout Duke to provide the care your child needs.
Airway Disorder Specialists
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.
Sleep Disorder Specialists
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.
Hearing Loss Specialists
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 Tumor Specialists
While they can be scary, most 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.
Pediatric Voice Care Specialists
Our ENT team includes voice therapists who help children with hoarseness, vocal cord dysfunction, vocal cord lesions, or vocal cord paralysis.