A pediatric otolaryngologist (pronounced “oto-lar-en-gäl-e-jest”), or ear, nose and throat (ENT) doctor, specializes in the medical and surgical care of infants, children and adolescents with disorders that affect the ears, nose, throat, head and neck. Pediatric otolaryngologists diagnose and treat a variety of health conditions, including tonsillitis, laryngomalacia (a birth defect), ear infections, and sleep apnea.
A pediatric otolaryngologist typically:
Evaluates a patient's medical history and educates the child and the child’s family about disease prevention
Performs exams of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck
Performs hearing and speech screenings
Orders and interprets laboratory and imaging tests and prescribes medications
Diagnoses and treats acute and chronic diseases and conditions that affect the ears, nose, throat, head and neck including ear and throat infections, voice box problems, thyroid disease, and swallowing problems
Performs surgical procedures on the ears, nose, throat, head and neck, such as myringotomy (ear tube surgery), tonsillectomy (tonsil removal), and cleft lip and cleft palate repair
A pediatric otolaryngologist may also be known as a pediatric ear, nose, and throat doctor; children’s ENT; ENT for kids; or pediatric ENT.
There are 752 specialists practicing Pediatric Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) in the United States with an overall average rating of 4.1 stars. There are 792 hospitals in the United States with affiliated Pediatric Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose & Throat) specialists, including Boston Children's Hospital, Jefferson Stratford Hospital and Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital.