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Kids ENT Health Month is a yearly campaign held every February by the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, to offer parents and caregivers the latest information and resources about pediatric ear, nose, and throat disorders. The cold winter months can be especially brutal for pediatric ear, nose, and throat illnesses. February is a great time for parents to become familiar with the available treatment options and services at Memorial Healthcare’s Red Cedar ENT and Audiology Clinic.

National health statistics reveal that pediatric ear, nose, and throat disorders remain among the primary reasons children visit a physician, with ear infections being the most common reason for an appointment, states the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Acute Otitis Media – Also known as Middle Ear infection is an infection of the air-filled space behind the eardrum.  This infection is normally treated with a round of antibiotics and in extreme cases surgery is required to place small tubes in the eardrums to drain the fluid buildup.

Tonsillitis – This is simply an inflammation of the tonsils, usually caused by a bacterial or viral infection such as streptococcus or the common cold virus.  Many doctors treat tonsillitis with a tonsillectomy, which is a surgical procedure requiring the removal of the tonsils.

Sinusitis – Is another disorder that is usually caused by an inflammation of the sinuses.  It may begin as a common cold or allergy, and then becomes an upper respiratory infection, which may subside and become a throat infection.  There are two types of sinusitis, bacterial sinusitis, and viral sinusitis.

a. Viral sinusitis is more comparable to the common cold.  Suffers experience a headache and a runny or stuffy nose, which produces clear nose mucus for a few days and then they begin to feel better.

b.  Bacterial sinusitis suffers will experience a headache, a low-grade fever, pain in their upper teeth, stuffy or runny nose, and produce a greenish or yellow mucus nose discharge.  Bacterial sinus infections tend to last seven days or more and need to be treated with antibiotics.

Memorial Healthcare encourages all parents and caregivers to participate in Kids ENT month and learn more about ear, nose, and throat disorders.  Some of these disorders can lead to serious complications if not treated immediately.  To schedule an appointment, please contact Memorial Healthcare’s Red Cedar ENT and Audiology Clinic at (989) 729-4800.