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From the category archives: Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose & Throat

Learn about what issues our pediatric ENT doctors encounter with children in Raleigh and Cary. We make a special effort to ensure our little patients are happy.

Can Infants Take Allergy Medication?

Adults aren’t the only ones who suffer with sneezes and watery eyes during allergy season. In fact, roughly 8.4 percent of children are diagnosed each year with the symptoms known as “hay fever” (allergic rhinitis), according to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America

Children frequently experience the same allergy problems as adults—many of our patients are children. However, there are several safety issues that must be considered before administering any type of allergy medicine to younger children, particularly to infants.

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How Is Tongue-Tied Corrected?

Tongue-tie – also known as ankyloglossia—occurs when a band of tissue connects the tip of the tongue to the floor of the mouth. This band of tissue is called the lingual frenulum. Tongue-tie, which is present at birth, not only interferes with the way a child speaks, but it also limits the way he or she eats or swallows.

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Can Children Have Sleep Apnea?

Yes, 2 to 4 percent of children have a form of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and ten percent snore regularly, leaving them susceptible to the same health risks and problems that occur in adults with OSA, according to the American Academy of Otolaryngology. Sleep apnea is a disease where there is a cessation of airflow for 10 seconds or more. This may occur hundreds of times during the night. While not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, snoring is one of the major indicators.

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Adenoids: What They Are and Why They Can Cause Problems

If you've had your tonsil removed when you were a child, you most likely had your adenoids removed at the same time. While everyone knows where their tonsils are located, many aren’t aware of where their adenoids are and don’t understand the role they play in preventing infection.

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How “Germy” is Your Child’s Classroom? 5 Tips for Avoiding Infections

Back to school means more than a new set of pencils or backpacks. It means your child is going to be extensively exposed to germs, which can pave the way for colds, sinus problems and other illnesses throughout the school year. 

How many germs are in your child’s classroom?


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Top 10 Signs Your Child Has a Speech Disorder

All parents want to do everything in their power to ensure their sons and daughters have the best possible academic start in life. This involves researching the best schools, discovering the most reputable day cares, and providing toys that are educational as well as entertaining. 

But how many parents watch for the early signs of a speech disorder?


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How to Treat Stuttering in Children

It’s hard to believe, but the man with one of the most well-recognized voices on the planet used to stutter. 
James Earl Jones-- the actor whose strong, resonating vocals were featured in the Star Wars saga—stuttered so severely when he was a child that he barely spoke to anyone for eight years. 
Your son or daughter may not have a world-famous voice, but to you, those sweet, beautiful syllables are the most precious sounds on earth. It’s heartbreaking to watch your child struggle to read aloud or have a conversation. 

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Important Hearing Milestones for Your Baby

It’s adorable when your baby babbles and coos, but you may not realize your child is doing much more than being cute. These nonsensical noises are actually “practice” for developing the vowel and consonant sounds needed for speech development. 

 

If your baby has a hearing problem, this practice doesn’t occur as it should, and your child may face social, academic and vocational difficulties. It’s vital to understand the important hearing milestones for your baby, and take action if your son or daughter is not reaching them.


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Five Procedures We Perform In Our Office

If your child has painful ear infections and needs to have ear tubes, this doesn’t necessarily mean a trip to the hospital, or even to the outpatient surgery unit. This is one of several services we are able to perform on site. In-office procedures are not only more convenient, but they are also less expensive than those performed in a hospital. 

Because Raleigh Capitol Ear, Nose and Throat is independently owned and operated, we’re not required to perform a procedure in a hospital if it can be safely done in our office.   

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Dizzy? You May Have Vertigo

When a television comedian trips over furniture or stumbles across the room, it usually results in a good chuckle. But for many Americans, dizziness and balance problems are not a laughing matter.  In fact, these are common signs of vertigo. 

Vertigo is a sudden, spinning sensation which causes periods of intense dizziness. One of the most common forms of vertigo is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), which occurs when you place your head in certain positions. 

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