Ear nose and throat problems in children and adolescents can, at first seem like minor illnesses, but they can quickly lead to larger problems if not diagnosed and treated properly. Do you know when a small cold could be signs of a major infection?
Ear Infections are Common in Children
It is almost a certainty that at some point your child will deal with an ear infection. Studies show that five out of six children will suffer from at least one ear infection by their third birthday and more than 90% of all children will have at least one infection by the time they reach two years of age.
Ear Infections Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Genes and congenital abnormalities of the ear are the biggest culprits responsible for hearing loss, between 50% to 60% of children. Other causes can vary such as children who suffered infections during their mother’s pregnancy, environmental causes and complications after birth can also effect hearing, accounting for almost 30% of babies born with hearing loss. It is estimated that one in every thousand newborns has some degree of hearing loss.
You Child’s Snoring Might Be a Clue to An Underlying Problem
Snoring is very common in children, about 12% of children in the general population.But your child’s snoring may not be so innocent, 1-3% exhibit Sleep Disordered Breathing.. In children who snore regularly about 2-4% have Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Children with enlarged tonsils are 3.7 times more likely to experience sleep-disordered breathing.
While ear nose and throat problems in children and adolescents is common, if you are concerned that your child’s persistent breathing problems, ear or sinus infections might be signs of a larger problem don’t hesitate, contact your family ear nose and throat doctor.