Children's ENT

The ENT Partnership can assess, diagnose and treat the following conditions:

Ear Infections & Glue Ear | Nose BleedsSore Throats | Sleep Apnoea

Ear Infections & Glue Eartop
Most children will, at some point, have ear problems which include ear infection and hearing loss.  The situation may be more persistent and a specialist opinion necessary. Even when referred to a specialist we will often recommend a period of observation before advising surgery.  Grommets and sometimes removal of the adenoids may be recommended if the problem is felt to be significant and has not responded to non-surgical treatments. 

Click to download information booklet: Grommet Insertion

Nose Bleedstop
A lot of children will suffer with nose bleeds and whilst they are typically short-lived they always seem to happen at the most inconvenient times and the effects can sometimes be dramatic. Antiseptic ointments applied just inside the nose can be an effective treatment, although sometimes “nasal cautery” is recommended. This procedure, which can often be carried out in the out-patient clinic, is aimed to specifically target the bleeding vessel, and is usually very effective.

Click to download information booklet: Nose bleeds in children

Sore Throatstop
Tonsillectomy (surgery to remove the tonsils) is the treatment of choice for a child who is suffering with frequent attacks of acute tonsillitis and where there is no sign that they may be growing out of the problem. It is still a commonly performed operation and is sometimes done in association with an adenoidectomy in those situations where there are significant nasal symptoms as well. It is important to remember that not all sore throats are caused by tonsillitis; sometimes the cause may be a more generalised viral throat infection, and therefore a tonsillectomy will not help.

Click to download information booklet: Tonsillectomy (with or without adenoidectomy)

Sleep apnoeatop
Occasionally tonsil and adenoid surgery will be recommended if your child is suffering with obstructive sleep apnoea. This is a condition which occurs during sleep resulting in brief, regular pauses in breathing. If significant it can interfere with the quality of sleep with repercussions during the day. Very occasionally it can have more serious effects on the heart. In order to investigate this problem it may sometimes be necessary to arrange a sleep study. This is a simple, painless test to monitor the breathing overnight and can usually be carried out at home.