Pediatric ENT Specialist

Bayou ENT

Otolaryngologists located in New Iberia, LA

Pediatric ENT services encompass sore throats, tonsillitis, and middle ear infections, as well as a vast array of children’s ear, nose, and throat conditions that need specialized ENT treatment. At Bayou ENT, Chris Gaffga, MD, and Jamie Guillot, APRN, provide exceptional care to children and teens, combining medical expertise with their knack for making children feel comfortable and valued. When your child needs treatment for an ENT problem, call the office in New Iberia, Louisiana, or book an appointment online today.

Pediatric ENT Q & A

What conditions do pediatric ENTs treat?

Pediatric ENTs diagnose and treat the full range of common and complex ear, nose, and throat problems in children and adolescents.

These are just a few examples of the conditions frequently treated at Bayou ENT:

  • Swimmer’s ear (outer ear infection)
  • Middle ear infections
  • Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia)
  • Speech delay
  • Hearing problems
  • Airway and breathing disorders
  • Nasal congestion
  • Sinus infections
  • Recurrent strep throat
  • Tonsillitis and adenoiditis
  • Sleep apnea

Bayou ENT providers understand that many children are uncomfortable when a stranger gets up close to examine their ears, nose, and throat, so they go out of their way to help your child relax. They also do a great job of connecting with kids and helping each child feel safe throughout their ENT care.

What symptoms do pediatric ENT conditions cause?

How children express their symptoms depends on their age. While you can expect a teen to tell you they have an earache or a sore throat, they may not realize they have a hearing problem.

Younger children are more likely to behave in ways that hint at their discomfort. Parents need to stay alert for signs such as:

  • Pulling or tugging on their ears
  • Irritability or unusual crying
  • Anger or behavioral problems
  • White or yellow patches on their throat
  • Excessive or bloody nasal drainage
  • Loud or persistent snoring
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Problems sleeping
  • Neck stiffness
  • Fever

You should also consider scheduling an appointment at Bayou ENT if you notice a lump in the front of your child’s neck or they have persistent hoarseness.

How do pediatric ENT specialists test children’s hearing?

Signs that your child may have a hearing problem include speech delays, not responding to your voice, and failing to turn their head in the direction of the sound. In school, children with hearing loss may fall behind their classmates, refuse to answer questions, or develop behavior problems.

Your child’s Bayou ENT provider specializes in several types of hearing exams, choosing the one that’s best for their age and ability. For example, they may watch your child’s reactions to changes in sound or perform tests that are more like a game to toddlers.

At the appropriate age, Bayou ENT does a complete hearing evaluation. However, children must be alert and old enough to respond during these hearing tests. 

If your child has any type of ENT problem, call Bayou ENT or book an appointment online today.