Ears, hearing, and tonsil issues can be a really painful problem among children. Aside from the pain, these problems can affect a child’s development especially when his or her hearing is severely handicapped.
For episode 14 of Chatabout Children, we are talking with Dr. Justine Millar, a trained and accredited ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist here in Australia. Dr. Millar works at Sutherland Public Hospital, Saint George Public Hospital, and Kareena Private Hospital in Sydney Australia. She specializes in the management of ear, nose, and throat disorders among adults, but she also works extensively with children and their families. Being a mother of three children herself, Dr. Millar understands the challenges of keeping one’s child healthy. She is a published author in her field and has presented in national and international medical conferences. Aside from her specializations, she is also interested in sleep problems like snoring and sleep apnea, as well as voice disorders. Dr. Millar is also a lecturer at the University of New South Wales.
- What encouraged Dr. Justine Millar to specialize in ears, nose, and throat (ENT).
- The most common ear, nose, and throat problems that Dr. Justin sees among her child patients
- What is glue ear and how can they be treated
- The age range that glue ear typically affects
- The truth about your child’s swimming lessons and middle-ear infections
- What you can do to prevent ear infections in your children even if he or she is taking swimming lessons
- Signs and symptoms of middle-ear infections to watch out on your child
- How to know if your child has a hearing issue
- What grommets are and how they can help in your child’s ear problems
- What tonsils are and when do they become a problem to your child
- Sleep-disordered breathing and its relationship with tonsil problems
Dr. Justine’s Thoughts on When to Worry About Your Child’s Hearing and Development
- Worry if by 12 months your child is not trying to communicate with you using gestures and sounds.
- Worry if by 2 years your child has not started to combine words
- Remember: When your child isn’t hearing adequately, he or she will not be able to speak adequately
- Hearing loss is usually caused by an ear infection and glue ear, so keep an eye on these two very curable causes
“If you have a feeling that there is something not quite right, early intervention plays a huge role.”
- Justine Millar’s website: drjustinemillar.com
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