Pediatric ENT Specialist

Nilesh Patel, MD

Ear, Nose & Throat Doctors & Otolaryngology located in Midtown, New York, NY

Children have special needs when it comes to ear, nose and throat care. Dr. Patel is experienced in providing state-of-the-art care for safe, effective treatment of many pediatric conditions so children in the New York City metropolitan area can enjoy optimal health.

Pediatric ENT Q & A

What types of pediatric conditions does Dr. Patel treat?

Dr. Patel is experienced in treating a broad array of pediatric ear, nose and throat issues, including:

  • Breathing disorders including noisy breathing

  • Diseases of the ear, including infections and hearing loss

  • Nose and sinus problems including chronic nosebleeds and sinus infections

  • Pediatric sleep disordered breathing

  • Tonsil and adenoid diseases

  • Ankyloglossia (tongue tie)

  • Head and neck tumors

  • Craniofacial abnormalities and defects including cleft lip and cleft palate

What is tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis is an infection of the tonsils, lumps of soft tissue located along the sides of the throat. A common infection of the childhood years, when tonsillitis is chronic, it can cause significant pain and issues with breathing. When tonsillitis does not respond to antibiotics, a tonsillectomy may be required to remove the tonsils. Tonsillectomy is a simple procedure that can be performed on an outpatient basis.

What causes noisy breathing?

Noisy breathing and open-mouthed breathing can be caused by several diseases and conditions, including:

  • enlarged tonsils or adenoids

  • “floppy” larynx or trachea (laryngotracheomalacia)

  • choanal atresia or narrowing of the nostrils

  • nasal or vocal cord masses

  • subglottic stenosis, or narrowing of the airway

The best way to determine the cause of noisy breathing is to have an endoscopic evaluation of the airway from the nose and sinuses to the larynx (voice box) so Dr. Patel can determine the appropriate treatment.

What causes chronic sinus infections?

Sinus infections occur when the channels that drain the sinuses become blocked, allowing a buildup of germs that cause infection. Because children's immune systems are still immature, they're more likely to develop infections of the upper respiratory system, including the sinuses. While some infections clear up on their own, an infection lasting more than a week could be a sign of a serious infection.

See some of our patient reviews about treating children with ear, nose & throat issues below.

"Excellent, professional and child friendly." -C.C. (ZocDoc)

"I have been plagued with sinus issues since I was a child, as I've grown up it consistently got worse. I finally decided to go back to an ENT & Dr. Patel was amazing! Him and his assistant quickly took my history and began the dreaded sinus examination. He was gentle, kind, and precise. We came up with a plan of action immediately (allergy testing & a CT scan which his assistant helped me with) and I was on my way. I had my follow up with him today & I really appreciated how he suggested to exhaust all other options before having surgery (which most doctors I've been to always push). He is an amazing ENT who made sure I understood all the results and options moving forward. His staff is pleasant and efficient as well. Plus the office is beautiful! I will absolutely recommend him to anyone with sinus / ear nose & throat issues." -K.W. (ZocDoc)

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