Pediatric ENT Specialist

Pikes Peak ENT -  - Otolaryngology

Pikes Peak ENT

Otolaryngology, Head, Neck & Facial Plastic Surgery located in Colorado Springs, CO & Woodland Park, CO

Whether it’s because of ear infections, swollen tonsils, or runny noses that just won’t quit, kids are frequent ENT patients. The relaxed atmosphere at Pikes Peak ENT, with two locations in Colorado Springs and one in Woodland Park, Colorado, makes it a perfect setting for pediatric ENT services. Board-certified specialists Michael Wilhelm, MD, and Luke Arnholt, MD, who lead the Pikes Peak team have the medical skills your child requires and kid-friendly personalities that put children at ease. For a full range of pediatric ENT services, schedule a visit at Pikes Peak today. Call the office to arrange an appointment or book an appointment online using this website.

Pediatric ENT Q & A

What is pediatric ENT?

ENT specialists (otolaryngologists) focus on the medical and surgical treatment of ear, nose, and throat diseases. A pediatric ENT provider has the additional training and skills necessary for treating children. The board-certified otolaryngologists at Pikes Peak ENT have significant expertise in successfully treating a wide range of pediatric ENT conditions.

When should a child see an ENT specialist?

Sore throats, earaches, and runny noses are common in childhood. When these problems become persistent or recurrent, however, it may be time to see a specialist who can diagnose the underlying cause and develop a successful treatment strategy.

Conditions commonly seen at Pikes Peak ENT include:

  • Recurrent tonsillitis
  • Frequent middle ear infections (otitis media)
  • Tongue-tie in infants and children
  • Persistent nasal congestion
  • Swollen lymph nodes and other neck masses
  • Nasal obstruction

Along with physical discomfort, many of these conditions may lead to complications such as delayed speech and language development in a child with muffled hearing caused by otitis media.

What is tongue-tie?

Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) occurs when the lingual frenulum is unusually short, thick, or tight. The lingual frenulum is a small fold of tissue that extends from the floor of the mouth to the underside of the tongue at the midline. If this tissue is too short or tight, it essentially tethers the tip of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. Tongue-tie can cause difficulties with breastfeeding, speech, and oral hygiene.

What is the treatment for pediatric ENT issues?

Your child’s Pikes Peak ENT provider recommends treatment based on the severity and frequency of the issue. The first step may include a round of medications to relieve discomfort or a course of antibiotics for a bacterial infection.

Sometimes surgery is considered the most effective treatment option. For instance, if your infant is having problems with breastfeeding due to tongue-tie, your Pikes Peak ENT provider may recommend a simple surgical fix that involves clipping the restrictive tissue.

Frequent or severe bouts of tonsillitis may require tonsillectomy and may include an adenoidectomy. Ear tubes may be necessary for repeated or severe middle ear infections. A persistently enlarged lymph node or other neck mass may require biopsy.

You can rely on the specialists at Pikes Peak ENT to provide outstanding pediatric care in a kid-friendly environment. Schedule a visit today. Call the office or book an appointment online.