February is Peds ENT Month

For immediate release: February 04, 2015

February is Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat month.

The division of Pediatric Otolaryngology at University of Maryland’s Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive evaluation and management of infants and children with all types of problems of the ears, nose, throat, head and neck. These include ear infections and other ear diseases, snoring, neck masses, nasal obstruction in newborns and other standard ear, nose and throat services.

Sleep apnea, a condition that causes breathing to stop temporarily during sleep, is commonly treated by otolaryngologists.

“Ten years ago, sleep apnea affected one percent of children nationally,” says Kevin Pereira, M.D., M.S. (ORL), Professor of Otorhinolaryngology and Pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Director of Pediatric Otolaryngology. “Today, it affects five percent of children. It has increased because of the rising prevalence of childhood obesity. In Baltimore, sleep disordered breathing, which is associated with snoring probably, affects 10 to 15 percent of children, and in the inner city, the rate is likely closer to 20 percent.”

Learn more about ear, nose and throat conditions that experts at UMCH can help treat.