Although children are often affected by the same ear, nose and throat conditions as adults, they are often more susceptible to these conditions and require special care to treat these complex conditions. Our doctors are specially trained to diagnose and treat a wide range of ear, nose and throat conditions affecting children, including:
Chronic Ear Infections
Ear infections affect up to 75 percent of children in the United States by the time they reach the age of three. Children with ear infections may experience earache, fever, ear discharge, headache, and dizziness. While most ear infections go away on their own within 3 days, some persist, and could cause long-term damage to the middle ear if not treated. Depending on the severity of your child's condition, ear infection treatment may include antibiotics, steroids, placement of ventilation tubes, or surgery.
Dr. Steckowych does not create any thermal injury when she removes the tonsils. Rather than the fast and quick methods of tonsil removal with an electrocautery blade, laser, or microwave wand, she does the traditional “cold” dissection of the tonsils, and placed suture ligatures on the blood vessels. This has not only faster recovery, but a significantly low risk of post operative hemorrhage when compared with the hot dissection methods.
Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate
Each year, over 6,000 infants are born in the US with a cleft lip and/or palate, a common birth defect involving a split in the upper lip (cleft lip) and/or gap in the upper mouth (cleft palate). Children with this condition are highly susceptible to ear infections and dental problems, and their parents usually experience difficulties with feeding. Reconstructive surgery is the recommended treatment for a cleft lip and/or palate. Cleft lip repair is usually performed on children at the age of 3 to 6 months, while cleft palate repair is usually performed at the age of 9 to 14 months.
We strive to provide the most effective treatment while taking into consideration the comfort of our patients and concerns of their parents.