Treatments

Ear

  • Middle ear infections (otitis media)
  • Outer ear infections
  • Hearing difficulties
  • Leaking ears
  • Glue ear
  • Swimmers ear
  • Cholesteatoma (skin cells growing in the ear)
  • Prominent ears
  • Swelling around ears
  • Painful ears (otalgia)
  • Abnormal sounds in ears (tinnitus)
  • Foreign bodies (kids hey.. wink wink)

 

Nose

  • Blocked nose, in anyone younger than 16, including newborns
  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnoea
  • Bleeding noses
  • Blocked tearducts
  • Growths on noses
  • Runny noses
  • Allergies
  • Polyps
  • Dermoids
  • Haemangiomas
  • Foreign bodies (kids hey.. wink wink)

 

Throat

  • Tonsillitis
  • Pharyngitis
  • Reflux
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Choking
  • Any growths in throat
  • Swallowing foreign bodies (toys, coins, sticks … you know how kids are)
  • Excessive drooling

 

Breathing

  • Croup, specifically recurrent croup or atypical
  • Laryngomalacia (floppy voice box) – babies have very high pitched breathing noises
  • Snoring/sleep apnoea/Voice
  • Stridor
  • Inhaled foreign bodies
  • Any airway abnormalities

 

Neck

  • Cysts
  • Growths
  • Swellings
  • Sinuses/small pits or openings in skin
  • Voice problems
  • Any difficulty speaking
  • Laryngitis
  • Hoarseness

 

Patients I like to see
(as a way to predict future problems)

  • Downs syndrome
  • DiGeorge syndrome
  • Babies with cardiac problems (particularly if they are going for surgery)
  • Cleft palate babies
  • Pierre-Robin sequence (as part of cleft palate)

 

Emergencies

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Bleeding nose/throat
  • Swelling around eyes/ears
  • Rapidly enlarging neck masses
  • Foreign bodies in noses (ears can be seen as semi-urgent)
  • Apnoea’s (semi-urgent)
  • Difficulty breathing and not growing well (semi-urgent)