Children are learning and growing at such a fast rate, its important to find medical providers that can keep pace! At Valley ENT we know how important physical health is to proper development and overall emotional and mental health. That is why we created a team of fantastic providers and staff who know how to work with kids and are skilled in treating common Ear, Nose and Throat problems specific to children. From birth through adolescence, our providers are the team Visalia families trust.
Allergies is one of the most common health issues affecting children in the US. Skin allergies alone affect over 9 million kids a year. Children from birth to age 4 are most likely to have skin allergies.
Children suffer from food allergies, indoor/outdoor allergies, insect stings and immunodeficiencies. It can be difficult for parents do decipher if little ones are constantly catching a cold or if something more is going on. Allergy and immunodeficiency testing provide helpful information on potential allergy triggers so families can practice avoidance therapy and/or use appropriate medical treatments.
Did you know that 3 million children under 18 have some form of hearing loss? Regular hearing screenings are important part of ensuring children get access to the medical care they need to reach critical developmental milestones.
Our Doctor of Audiology is great with kids! We offer full audiologic diagnostic services for children.
At night, does your child:
During the day does your child
If you found yourself saying yes to several of these symptoms, your child may have obstructive sleep apnea. A provider at ValleyENT can explain why sleep apnea occurs in children and what treatments may help.
Often treatment includes trying medication options. If this is unsuccessful surgery to remove the tonsils and adenoids may be recommended (adenotonsillectomy).
Ear tubes are small, hollow cylinders placed in the ear drum when a child has a history of recurrent ear infection or persistent fluid in the ears. The tube creates an opening to allow fluid and air to drain. Persistent fluid buildup, left untreated, can cause hearing loss and lead to speech delays in young children.
Tonsillectomy is the surgical removal of the tonsils (the fleshy pads in the back of throat on both sides). It is recommended kids have tonsils removed if they are chronically infected or causing other trouble because they have become too large and can cause problems with swallowing and breathing.
Adenoids are removed for reasons similar to tonsils. When adenoids are too big kids can have difficulty breathing and sleeping. Adenoids can also contribute to chronic ear infections. That’s because adenoids are near the Eustachian tubes, when they get infected it can easily spread to the middle ear.
Young children often tolerate ear tube surgery, tonsillectomy and adenoidectomies quite well.