Overview text of childrens ent conditions
A lot of children will suffer with nose bleeds and whilst they are typically short-lived they always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times and the effects can sometimes be dramatic. Antiseptic ointments applied just inside the nose can be an effective treatment, although sometimes “nasal cautery” is recommended. This procedure, which can often be carried out in the out-patient clinic, is aimed at specifically targeting the bleeding vessel, and is usually very effective.
Some children are born with one or both ears that are noticeably more prominent than normal. Usually this is as a result of a specific abnormality where one of the folds of the outer ear has not fully developed. It may be a characteristic of the family. This can result in teasing and bullying at school causing psychological distress to the child. If all agree that it is a significant problem then surgical correction is possible.
Occasionally, tonsil and adenoid surgery will be recommended if a child is suffering with obstructive sleep apnoea. This is a condition which occurs during sleep resulting in brief, regular pauses in breathing. If significant it can interfere with the quality of sleep with repercussions during the day. Very occasionally it can have more serious effects on the heart. In order to investigate this problem it may sometimes be necessary to arrange a sleep study. This is a simple, painless test to monitor the breathing overnight and can usually be carried out at home.