Pediatric ENT Care
Our staff love to see kids! Their smiles, laughter, silliness, and sweet things they say make our day.
The most common health issues in the pediatric age group are ear, nose, and throat issues. Dr. Slaughter is Board Certified in pediatric ear, nose, and throat care by the American Board of Otolaryngology and offers over 20 years of experience in treating these common conditions.
Parents want to know they are giving the best for their kids, and the kids just want to be happy and comfortable. We work as a team to make the experience something we would want for our own kids and offer enhanced pediatric care and safety.
If your child is suffering from one of these common conditions call to make an appointment with Dr. Slaughter today!
Recurring ear infections
Recurring ear infections (otitis media) and persistent ear fluid are a common problems. We offer the best in medical therapy to treat this condition and when necessary PET (pressure equalization tubes) can be placed to resolve this issue. This simple outpatient procedure performed painlessly with inhalation anesthesia is safe and takes just minutes to perform. Your child’s hearing is restored immediately with removal of the fluid. The modern tubes that Dr. Slaughter uses allow for swimming in swimming pools and normal bath time activity without ear plugs.
Many children suffer from chronic allergies. As part of our Allergy Testing and Treatment Center we can offer a complete evaluation of this issue while also performing a detailed ENT evaluation. If allergies are the reason for your child’s symptoms custom allergy drops used under the tongue may provide a tremendous amount of relief with safety and convenience.
Children are especially prone to recurring sinus infections because of their immature immune system, frequent exposure in school and day care, and the small sinus anatomy. We offer the most advanced medical therapy for this condition by using a tiny endoscope to obtain an accurate culture of the infection. Culture specific antibiotic therapy both topically and orally can be given to successfully resolve the infection when initial therapy by your pediatrician has not been successful.
When medical therapy fails to break the cycle of recurring sinusitis, balloon sinuplasty can be used to gently open the sinus outflow tracts without surgery. This allows for removal of the infection and allows the sinuses drain more naturally.
Nasal congestion and runny nose / Tonsil and Adenoid Enlargement
Frequently children can be seen with a constant open mouth posture, stuffed up nose, and nasal drainage running on to their lip. Many conditions can cause this and Dr. Slaughter personally evaluates your child for each factor.
– Allergy evaluation and treatment may be necessary in our Allergy Center.
– We offer MiniCat CT Imaging in our office to evaluate for chronic sinusitis and enlargement of the adenoid.
– Tonsil enlargement will also be evaluated to see if this is contributing to the symptoms.
Snoring and sleep apnea
Snoring and sleep apnea are very serious conditions in children. They affect your child’s growth, memory, school performance, behavior, and overall health. Frequently in children tonsil and adenoid enlargement is the cause and tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy will resolve this condition. This is now a safe outpatient procedure taking just minutes and Dr. Slaughter offers the technique that allows for the most comfort and rapid healing.
Recurring Strep throat and tonsillitis are a frequent problem in kids as well. When medical therapy fails to relieve this condition outpatient tonsillectomy can be performed using the latest and most painless technique to reduce recovery time.
Ankyloglossia (tongue tied) infants and children can have difficulty with breast feeding, speech, and swallowing. In most cases a brief simple office procedure can resolve this issue in minutes.
Hearing loss and speech delay
Hearing loss and speech delay are frequent concerns for patients. Our Ear and Hearing Center offers comprehensive pediatric hearing evaluation for all ages for accurate results. Dr. Slaughter will also evaluate the tongue and oral cavity to make sure there are no limitations to movement. He also works closely with your speech pathologist to improve intelligibility.
Eardrum hole (tympanic membrane perforation)
Kids may develop a hole in the ear drum after recurring ear infections. Tympanoplasty (repair of ear drum) is a simple outpatient procedure that Dr. Slaughter can perform to repair the drum and restore your child’s hearing.
Head and neck masses are a frequent problem in children and of great concern for the parents. Lymph node enlargement, salivary gland swelling, and congenital cysts such as branchial cleft cysts can be effectively evaluated and treated in our office. When necessary, Dr. Slaughter has the expertise and experience to remove these masses with a simple outpatient procedure.