Tahir S. Ali, MD
Otolaryngology & Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist located in Fort Worth, TX
Young children often experience earaches and sore throats, which can become chronic. An experienced ear, nose, and throat (ENT) specialist like Tahir Ali, MD, provides a comprehensive range of services to help your child recover. In Fort Worth, Texas, Dr. Ali and his team diagnose and treat conditions ranging from tonsilitis to hearing loss. If you’re looking for a pediatric ENT with decades of experience in treating and operating on children, call Dr. Ali or schedule a consultation online today.
Pediatric ENT Q&A
What are common pediatric ENT problems?
As an ENT specialist, Dr. Ali diagnoses and treats a wide range of ear, nose, throat, head, and neck disorders. Some of the common conditions he diagnoses in children are:
- Ear infections
- Ruptured eardrum
- Hearing loss
- Nasal masses and other obstructions
- Sleep apnea
- Vocal cord problems
- Swallowing problems
- Voice disorders
- Enlarged lymph nodes
With decades of experience in diagnosing, treating, and operating on children, Dr. Ali has the knowledge and practice necessary to heal your child and help them thrive.
What are the signs that my child needs to see an ENT?
Ear infections and chronic sore throats are the most common reasons that you might need to see an ENT like Dr. Ali. While it’s very common for children to pick up viruses and other infections, if they suffer from chronic earaches or sore throats — more than four infections a year — you should make an appointment with Dr. Ali. Frequent or recurring infections could indicate a drainage problem in the ears or an issue with your child’s tonsils.
Other signs that you might need to consult with a pediatric ENT include:
- Your child tugs or rubs at their ears all the time
- They don’t seem to hear you
- They have frequent nosebleeds
- They have a lump or mass on their neck
Additionally, chronic snoring isn’t normal. It could be a sign of sleep apnea, a condition that occurs when the soft tissue at the back of the throat relaxes and blocks the airways. The blockage can wake your child up 5-30 times every hour overnight, which contributes to a wide range of problems, including daytime sleepiness and reduced concentration.
How are pediatric ENT conditions treated?
Dr. Ali begins with comprehensive exams and testing to diagnose your child’s condition. Then, he creates a customized treatment plan to address your child’s individual needs. He and his team offer noninvasive treatments, including medication and immunotherapy, as well as surgical procedures like placing ear tubes and removing tonsils and adenoids.
Dr. Ali explains your child’s condition and treatment options in detail and takes time to answer your questions thoroughly so you can make an informed decision about their health care.
If you’re looking for an experienced and compassionate pediatric ENT in the Fort Worth area, call Dr. Ali's office or make an appointment online today.