Dr Paul Allison is able to provide a comprehensive and caring approach to children’s ear, nose and throat problems and will discuss available treatment options. In case there is a need for surgery, Dr Paul Allisson is happy to refer you to any of his fellow surgeons. Common ENT problems Dr Paul Allison treat and advice on in children include:
Obstructive sleep apnoea and snoring
Loud snoring, choking, waking up at night feeling short of breath, poor concentration, restless sleep, behavioural problems, teeth grinding and bed-wetting may all be signs of obstructive sleep apnoea in your child. Untreated sleep apnoea has been shown to potentially impact long term on growth and brain development. The condition is most commonly treated by the removal of the tonsils and adenoids.
Temporary hearing loss
Children may develop a temporary hearing loss due to accumulation of fluid behind their ear drum (glue ear). The fluid may resolve spontaneously, however some children may require the insertion of grommets to clear the fluid. The removal of fluid usually returns the hearing to normal, which is particularly critical in the key early period of speech and language development.
Recurrent ear infections
Almost all children will have at least one ear infection by the age of three. Ear infection is an inflammation of the middle ear, and is usually caused by bacteria that occurs when fluid builds up behind the eardrum. Frequent or severe ear infections may need surgical intervention to prevent future complications.
Tonsillitis, or swelling of the tonsils, is usually caused by a bacterial infection. Although the tonsils have a role in fighting infection, they can become infected themselves. Antibiotics are usually used to reduce the numbers of bacteria in the tonsils on a temporary basis. In some cases, the tonsils carry a constant colony of infective bacteria and their removal may lead to better health.
If you are concerned about your child’s health in relation to any ear, nose and throat conditions, contact Dr Paul Allison for a consultation.