Ear, nose, and throat disorders, particularly infections, are extremely common among children.
Throat infections are usually not serious, but they make children uncomfortable and can lead to missed school days and multiple visits to a doctor.
Other disorders, such as hearing impairment and neck masses, affect fewer children but are potentially serious. In general, any abnormality of a child’s ear, nose, or throat (see Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis and see Juvenile Angiofibromas) that does not resolve within several days should be evaluated by a doctor. Sometimes these disorders and abnormalities, if untreated, lead to problems with communication.