From newborns through to adolescents, Dr Kien Ha provides gentle and specialised ear, nose, and throat treatments suited to your child's needs. Dr Ha focuses on the medical and surgical management of paediatric ENT conditions such as snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea, recurrent ear infections, glue ear, tonsillitis, chronic nasal discharge, and sinusitis, as well as less common problems such as hearing loss and head and neck masses.
Paediatric ENT Conditions
- Ear Infections
- Ear Drainage
- Ear Pain
- Hearing Problems and Glue Ear
- Hearing Tests
- Nasal Congestion
- Sinus Infections
- Tonsillitis & Tonsil Infections
- Throat Infections
- Enlarged Adenoids
- Sleep Apnoea
Children's Recurrent Ear Infection, Glue Ear and Ear Grommets
One out of every three primary school aged children will have some form of middle ear condition, often with reduced hearing.
Recurrent infections of the middle ear cavity are the most common cause of illness requiring medical attention. This condition causes ear pain, fever, irritability, and a temporary hearing loss. Young children who cannot describe their discomfort will often tug at the ear. Initial treatment is with analgesia and antibiotics. Recurrent infections can be prevented with the insertion of ventilating tubes (grommets) in the ear drum.
Fluid can often accumulate and persist in the middle ear space following an acute infection. This is known as otitis media with effusion or glue ear, and is the most common cause of hearing loss in children. Insertion of grommets may be required to drain the fluid and prevent it from recurring.
Children's Tonsil & Adenoid Removal
There are a number of well-established and valid reasons for the removal of the tonsils or adenoids, and some patients will have more than one reason for tonsil or adenoid removal.
The most common reasons to remove the tonsils or adenoids include:
- Blockage of the nose and throat – they are too big
- Chronic and recurrent tonsillitis – sore throats
- White debris in the tonsils – bad breath
- Unusual enlargement or appearance – as a biopsy for suspected tumour