Health: Answers from an Ear, Nose & Throat Specialist

dr-chad-putman-entMoms often have tons of questions for doctors about ears, noses and throats. From earaches and sore throats to toddlers with a bad habit of seeing what might fit up their nose, moms have to deal with plenty of the same problems ENT physicians see every day.

So today we’re continuing our interview with Dr. Chad Putman of Mercy, who we talked to recently about about earwax, snoring and tonsillectomies. (If you missed the previous post about ear infections, click here to read it. Click here to read more about adenoids and ear tubes.) Today Dr. Putman weighs in on what to do if your child sticks something up her nose, what causes nosebleeds, and the truth about earbuds and excessive volume.

What should parents of toddlers/preschoolers do if their child sticks something up his or her nose? Does it always require a trip to the ER or doctor’s office?emergency-room-sign

If it is easily seen near the surface, sometimes parents can get them out. If there is a concern it may be pushed in farther, many specialists have special equipment and scopes that can safely remove them.

Why are some kids more prone to nosebleeds?

Some kids develop small blood vessels along the insides of their nose that can cause nosebleeds and can often be treated easily in the clinic setting.

Are earbuds bad for my teenager’s ears? Can daily use of earbuds damage hearing?volume level

Earbuds themselves do not cause damage, but moderate to loud noise over time can cause hearing loss. It’s important to use a reasonable volume when listening to music.

For more information or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Putman, call the Mercy Ear Nose and Throat Clinic at 479-636-0110. It’s located at 5204 W. Redbud Street in Rogers, Ark. Click here for a map and to see a full list of the conditions treated at this clinic.

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