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How to Tell If Your Child Has Hearing Loss

He’s blocking out everything you say. He doesn’t remember instructions. His teachers say he’s inattentive in school. He pretends not to hear you. Or does he? The symptoms of hearing loss in children can mimic behaviors that parents may interpret as being rude, distracted or rebellious. Hearing loss may be temporary — caused by an  Continue Reading »

Fall Allergies in Children

When you have kids, every season brings a new set of challenges. While spring is associated with the start of the allergy season, colder weather doesn’t guarantee allergies will settle down. In fact, autumn weather brings with it some unique conditions and allergens that may cause an array of symptoms. Is it an Allergy …  Continue Reading »

Critical Hearing Milestones in Infants

Babies can hear their mother’s voice and heartbeat and other noises even when they are still in the womb. In fact, they can even tell the difference between their mother’s language and a foreign language just after birth. A study from the University of Helsinki demonstrated that babies could hear and remember a nursery rhyme  Continue Reading »

When Is It More Than a Cold?

Kids tend to be common-cold factories especially when they socialize with playmates in school or in play groups. A runny nose, sneezing, even an occasional cough are usually just symptoms of a rhinovirus infection of the upper respiratory tract, a.k.a. a cold. But cold symptoms often overlap with other conditions, including allergies, sinusitis, and the  Continue Reading »

Back to School Health Tips for Your Child

Summer is almost over in Birmingham. The school buses are getting ready to roll down the block again. The classrooms are being decorated to welcome students back. And germs are preparing to hop from one child to the next. A few sniffles and a cold may be an inevitable part of the back-to-school season, but  Continue Reading »

Why Choose a Pediatric ENT Specialist for Your Child

When your child is in pain or suffering from an impairment of the ear, nose, and/or throat, you want to be sure you not only find the best quality care, but that your child feels comfortable and is treated with age-appropriate gentleness and consideration. Pediatric ENT Associates in Birmingham is just the solution you and  Continue Reading »

How to Prevent Non-Congenital Hearing Loss in Children

Congenital hearing loss in children refers to hearing loss that occurs in utero (during pregnancy) or at birth. Congenital hearing loss may be caused by a genetic defect, such as one or more parents carrying a hearing loss gene; a disorder such as Down syndrome, Usher syndrome or Alport syndrome; an infection or disease in  Continue Reading »

Can Allergies Be Caused by a Deviated Septum?

As pollen begins to fill the air in Birmingham, allergies kick in. Approximately 40 to 50 million Americans suffer from allergic rhinitis, more commonly referred to as hay fever. Allergic rhinitis can either be seasonal – in which symptoms last from early spring to late fall – or perennial, which cause year-round distress. Symptoms of  Continue Reading »

Four Advantages of Ear Tubes for Children

Earaches and ear infections are a common occurrence in young children in Birmingham because their Eustachian tubes, which run from the middle ear to the back of the nose, are not fully developed. In adults, the Eustachian tubes (also known as the auditory tubes or pharyngotympanic tubes) are slanted and fully opened, which encourages the  Continue Reading »

Childhood Obstructive Sleep Apnea Is On the Rise – Find Out If Your Kid Has It

Does your child snore? Does he or she have trouble staying awake during the day? Has his or her school performance or behavior declined in recent months? Have you been told it seems like he or she has ADHD? If any of this describes your child, then it could be obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a  Continue Reading »

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