At Home with Chris Jessen 2018 - 104
CONDITIONS in children
Childhood should be a joy, but if illness strikes there are
experts on hand to get your child back up and running
children and this
is never more
when they are ill.
Ear, nose and
throat conditions are common in
childhood and treatment needs to be
carefully tailored to each child's
individual and specific needs.
Ear problems include perforated
drums, glue ear, deafness, infections,
tinnitus, foreign bodies and dizziness.
Nose conditions range from blockages
and foreign bodies to catarrh and
sinusitis, while tonsillitis, drooling and
breathing difficulties affect the throat.
The good news is there have been
many advances in the treatment of ear,
nose and throat conditions in recent
years and this is where consultant ENT
surgeon Mr Gaurav Kumar and his
expert multidisciplinary team can help.
Glue ear can be helped by inserting
a small ventilation tube called grommet
or otovent balloon, which is blown up
to open blocked airways.
Tonsillitis can be successfully treated
using the coblation technique, which
has faster recovery times than more
Ear problems can be treated with
endoscopic ear surgery using an ultra high
definition 4K endoscope. This technique
has been pioneered by Mr Kumar.
1. Tonsillitis is common in children
and may have a negative impact
on school attendance. If a child has
frequent recurring bouts, he or she
may benefit from a tonsillectomy.
2. Glue ear or fluid behind
the eardrum affects children,
particularly in the early years.
Persistent glue ear can slow speech
and hearing development, and
therefore school performance.
3. Large tonsils or a blockage in
the nose can disrupt a child's sleep
and even cause choking at night.
An ear, nose and throat specialist
can make an accurate diagnosis
and offer treatment.
4. Frequent ear infections can affect
hearing and school performance.
This could be due to a hole in
the ear drum or cholesteatoma
(abnormal skin growth in the ear).
An experienced ear surgeon
can manage these conditions.
5. Prominent ears is a physical
problem caused by the cartilage
inside the ear. Sometimes called
'bat ears', it can lead to teasing,
reduced self-esteem and poor
performance at school. Fortunately,
it can be successfully treated.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Mr Gaurav Kumar is a consultant
ear, nose and throat surgeon
practicing at the following private
and NHS facilities:
Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital
Shenfield Road, Shenfield,
Brentwood CM15 8EH
Spire Roding Hospital
Roding Lane, South Redbridge,
Ilford IG4 5PZ
Spire Hartswood Hospital
Eagle Way, Brentwood CM13 3LE
Harley Street at Queen's,
Queen's Hospital, Rom Valley Way
Romford RM7 0AG
Barking, Havering and Redbridge
University Hospitals NHS Trust,
Queen's Hospital, Rom Valley Way,
Romford RM7 0AG
Call 07494 914140