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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 »

3 Ways to Tell That It’s Time for a Tonsillectomy

Undergoing tonsil removal is almost a rite of passage for American kids. In fact, pediatric tonsillectomy is the second most common surgery for children. But how can you tell your child has tonsil issues and not simply a sore throat? At Pediatric ENT Associates in Birmingham, we know that when your child doesn’t feel well,  Continue Reading »

5 Common Causes of Sinusitis in Children

Colds and illnesses are an unfortunate but necessary part of childhood. From infancy to adulthood, a child’s immune system is constantly faced with new bacterium and viruses that it must build immunities against. One of the most common bacterial or viral infections young children will experience is sinusitis, which causes one or more of the  Continue Reading »

How to Improve Your Child’s Hearing

Dealing with full or partial hearing loss can be a stressful and overwhelming process for both children and parents. Most cases of pediatric hearing loss occur in families where the parents do not suffer from hearing impairment, which can make the process more difficult to navigate. Although many auditory problems are diagnosed at birth, the  Continue Reading »

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