With all the ear-, nose-, and throat-related problems children are prone to, it’s no wonder that many of our Boca Raton, FL patients are kids. Dr. Bradford Ress has decades of experience working with children. His warm, positive bedside manner is the perfect match for kids who may not be feeling well. Dr. Ress is also highly esteemed in his field, which means that your child’s health will be in good hands at our healthcare clinic.
One question you may have as a concerned parent is, “When does my child need to see an ENT specialist.” If you work with a primary care physician, his or her opinion matters most. If you have general questions about what types of situations generally call for a visit to a qualified ENT doctor like Dr. Ress, this overview will help.
Symptoms That May Require Treatment at Our ENT Office
As the name implies, ENT doctors have specialized training in treating the ears, nose, and throat areas as well as other related structures of the head and neck.
One of the most common conditions we treat among children is ear infections. During the first three years of life (or longer if the parent prefers), pediatricians can provide all the care that is needed for ear infections. Once your child is no longer working with a pediatrician, or if your child needs specialized treatment, he or she may need to see an ENT specialist. If your child experiences chronic ear infections, he or she may need to have ear tubes placed.
Some of the more common reasons you may need to seek an ENT doctor such as Dr. Ress include:
- The occurrence of four or more ear infections per year
- The severe onset of pain resulting from an ear infection
- Presence of fluid in the ears for months or longer
- Infections that require multiple antibiotics
- Complications when taking antibiotics
Other forms of infection that Dr. Ress commonly treats in young children include:
- Sinus infection
- Sore throat
- Abscesses on the throat
There are a host of other situations when a qualified ENT may be needed. Many parents may not consider snoring a medical issue. If your child snores throughout the night for several months on end, he or she may experience disrupted sleep. Snoring is a sign that the breathing airways are impeded. Dr. Ress can examine your child’s throat to determine what the cause of snoring may be.
Nosebleeds are not uncommon among accident-prone children. When nosebleeds occur regularly without a clear physical cause, it may be a sign of a more serious nose or throat issue.
The emergence of a lump or mass on your child’s neck can be disconcerting, although many of these growths may be benign cysts. Dr. Ress can determine if the growth is a cause of concern with a simple exam.
Colds are very common among children. If your child has recurrent cold symptoms or if symptoms worsen, it may be a sign that a visit to an ENT specialist is needed.
Finally, ENT doctors do much more than treat ear infections Dr. Ress can treat hearing loss or impairment, balance disorders, and swallowing disorders, among other problems. We even offer allergy testing and treatments.
Contact Dr. Ress to Treat Your Child’s Symptoms Today
Dr. Ress can treat a wide range of childhood-related ailments. To schedule your next visit, contact our Boca Raton, FL office online today or call (561) 353-7377.