Pediatric Ear, Nose, & Throat, and Sleep Medicine
At Chicago ENT we have the ability to perform a comprehensive evaluation and to develop an individualized treatment plan for our pediatric patients who are suffering from ear, nose, and throat problems.
Dr. Colman is an experienced, board certified Pediatric Otolaryngologist who has practiced at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Recurrent ear infections
Eustachian tube dysfunction in infants and young children is the number one reason why recurrent ear infections occur. The Eustachian tube is responsible for regulating the pressure in the middle ear to prevent fluid from becoming lodged in the middle ear space and getting infected. When the Eustachian tube is not mature or is not working properly, recurrent infections can occur, causing children to experience fevers and severe ear pain. Occasionally we need to place tubes in the eardrums to prevent further infections.
Hearing is very important in the development of speech and language in children. For this reason, it is important to diagnose hearing loss early in a child and to determine whether it is treatable or if the child would benefit from amplification. Chicago ENT helps families identify hearing loss in their child and works to make sure the child has the appropriate hearing resources that they are eligible to receive.
Allergy and sinusitis
Some children experience frequent nasal itching, nasal congestion, and frequent runny nose because of allergies. Others have chronic sinusitis. Our office is able to diagnose allergies in children and prescribe the medication that will help them or offer surgical treatment when necessary.
Pediatric sleep apnea
Chicago ENT’s goal is to improve the quality of sleep in children. Enlarged tonsils and adenoids can lead to snoring and sleep apnea in children. However, other areas of airway obstruction may also be involved, and our job is to help families figure out why their child is snoring. We know that sleep disturbances can lead to fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and behavioral issues.
Dr. Colman is working in collaboration with our pediatric sleep specialist, Dr. Trosman, to better diagnose and treat our patients with obstructive sleep apnea and sleep-disordered breathing. The evaluation may include allergy evaluation, identification of enlarged adenoids, and a sleep study when necessary.