Children are more likely to develop ear, nose, and throat problems because their organs are still developing. Furthermore, kids are more susceptible to allergies than adults. Therefore, it is essential to understand the common ENT problems your child faces and what causes them. That way, you will be able to seek the right medical intervention and deal with the problems conclusively. This article looks at some of the most common ENT issues in children.
It is almost guaranteed that a child will develop an ear infection at some point during their development. Most medical experts claim that ear complications in kids are as common as a cold. One of the most common ear infections in children is a middle ear infection. This problem occurs when an infection in the upper respiratory tract finds its way to the Eustachian tube. The infection causes fever, pain, and hearing loss. Ordinarily, this infection is treated using oral antibiotics. Although allergies can also cause middle ear infection, they are not to blame for the infections in children below two years. In older kids, allergies can cause fluid to accumulate behind the eardrum, which leads to painful ear pressure.
The most common throat issues in children are pharyngitis and tonsillitis. The main difference in these two complications is that tonsillitis affects the tonsils, while pharyngitis affects the throat. Nevertheless, both are characterized by a sore throat and can cause serious throat infections and inflammations. However, it is important to note that allergies can cause sore throats. Any throat infection that is caused by allergies will cause excess mucus and a post-nasal drip. Most throat infections can be treated using anti-inflammatory medicine.
There are the two most common nose infections in children, namely; sinusitis and rhinitis. In kids, sinusitis normally results from an infection of the maxillary sinus. Its common symptoms include nasal obstruction, cough, and nasal discharge. If your child’s sinusitis doesn’t respond to antibiotics, it could be as a result of an underlying problem such as allergies. Therefore, take your child to the doctor for further examination. Allergic rhinitis, also known as hay fever, is an infection caused by various allergens, including food, dust mites, spores, pollens, etc. It is characterized by nasal discharges, congestion, fatigue, sleeping problems, and skin rashes.
In conclusion, never overlook any of these ENT problems; they can easily lead to other more complex and lifelong disorders.