Why choose us?
Paediatric otolaryngology is a principal subspecialty of ENT that deals with paediatric ear, nose and throat problems as well as illnesses associated with the airways, feeding, swallowing, voice, speech and head and neck. Our pediatric otolaryngologists offer comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for the entire spectrum of ENT disorders in newborns, infants and children. Our paediatric ENT specialists work in close collaboration with our neonatologists to provide family-centred, compassionate care. Our team is supported by state-of-the-art medical infrastructure including Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit & Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) for timely management of critical situations.
Congenital head and neck abnormalitiesHead and neck deformities at or after birth are defined as congenital head & neck abnormalities. These conditions can be a result of birth injury or genetic conditions. Common head and neck abnormalities include torticollis, Treacher Collins syndrome and congenital masses in the head and neck region. Congenital deformities are treated with a combination of active surveillance, medication, and surgery. We also provide multidisciplinary treatments of tumours of the head and neck in children.
Congenital CytomegalovirusCytomegalovirus (CMV) is a common infection that can occur in newborns and infants. It is closely related to the viruses that cause chickenpox and mononucleosis (mono). There are mainly two types of CMVs in babies - congenital (present in newborns before birth) and perinatal (present in infants during or shortly after birth). Perinatal CMV can occur through transmission from breast milk.
Hearing lossHearing loss in children occurs when any part of the ear is not functioning properly causing loss of hearing. There are several different types of hearing loss in children including conductive, sensorineural, central and mixed hearing loss. Hearing loss in children can occur due to CMV infection or genetic abnormalities. Treatment protocols include hearing aids, cochlear implants, and rehabilitation.
Paediatric vocal and resonance disordersVoice disorders in children when the vocal cords do not vibrate effectively, affecting the quality, pitch and loudness of the voice. Voice disorders can occur due to improper use of voice, swelling of vocal cords or nodules and excessive talking or screaming. Resonance issues cause hindering of voice quality and production because of obstructions in the airflow system. Our ENT specialists use dynamic equipment for the evaluation of your child’s voice & develop tailor-made treatment plans.
Ear infections (otitis media)Otitis media is a common ear infection that occurs in children when virus or bacteria infects and gets trapped behind the eardrum. Middle ear infections are highly common in children aged between 3 months to 3 years. Many children have repeated cases of ear infections. Our paediatric otologists treat ear infections with medications and ear tubes.
Swallowing disordersSwallowing disorders, also known as dysphagia, can cause your child to have difficulty in swallowing foods and liquids, including saliva. These disorders can interrupt any one of the three phases of swallowing including oral phase, pharyngeal phase and esophageal phase. Feeding and swallowing disorders affect children between 1-3 years of age. Our experts use medication and personalised behavioural therapies to treat these disorders.
Airway problemsAirway disorders can occur in children before birth or develop overtime as a result of illness or injury. These conditions disrupt the breathing, swallowing, eating and sleeping processes of your child. Obstruction in nasal passages or airways including cysts, laryngeal cleft, collapsed windpipe and vocal cord lesions. We are equipped with state-of-the-art Level III NICU for effective treatment of airway problems in children.
Tests & procedures performed
Paediatric tracheostomyPaediatric tracheostomy is a surgical procedure that allows your child to breathe when he/she is unable to pass sufficient air through his/her lungs. This can be caused by congenital disorders, neurologic impairments, lung conditions, airway blockages and prolonged intubation. In this surgery, your doctor inserts a thin tube in the windpipe to allow air to pass when your child breathes.
Airway reconstructionLaryngotracheal reconstruction or airway reconstruction is a procedure in which your surgeon widens your child’s windpipe to allow for smoother and easier breathing. It is an effective treatment for conditions that cause windpipe narrowing.
Cochlear ImplantChildren with severe hearing loss in one or both ears who have not benefited from hearing aids are considered for cochlear implant. It is a surgical device that allows your child to hear sounds. It enables the hearing of sound by bypassing damaged parts of the ear to stimulate auditory nerves directly.
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Is ENT and otolaryngology the same?
Yes, ENT and otolaryngology are the same speciality focusing on the diseases, injury and disorders of the ear, nose and throat areas. They also include the diagnosis and treatment of a range of head and neck conditions.
When to choose paediatric otolaryngology?
If your child is experiencing a condition related to the organs and senses associated with the ear, nose and throat, you should consider taking him/her to a paediatric otolaryngologist.