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Southwestern Ear, Nose & Throat Associates Offers Guidelines On Hearing Loss, Lack of Sleep Affecting Back-to-School Health
Date:8/1/2013

Santa Fe, NM (PRWEB) August 01, 2013

As the new school year begins, many parents are preparing their children by buying school supplies, new clothes, and organizing fall sporting events. But in order to help kids get a healthy head start to the school year, Southwestern Ear, Nose & Throat Associates (SWENT) also recommends taking a closer look at your child’s health for common ear, nose, or throat-related health issues that might affect academic success.

“Ear, nose, and throat health problems are among the most common medical conditions that children face,” says Dr. Peter Shepard of SWENT. “In addition to the standard back-to-school physical, parents should also consider whether or not their child would also benefit from seeing an otolaryngologist for additional evaluation.”

Dr. Shepard cites the following common ENT health concerns in the back-to-school season:

1. Hearing Loss – Hearing difficulty or loss can greatly impact children’s performance in school and their ability to interact with peers, and is increasingly a risk because of the popularity of mp3 players. Most children have their hearing evaluated after birth or in the first few years to determine any congenital conditions. However, as hearing loss is also caused by things like infections, trauma, and damaging noise levels, the problem may not emerge until later in childhood. Monitoring a child’s hearing ability on a consistent basis can help a parent take action early if an issue should arise.

2. Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea and other Childhood Sleep Disorders – Obstructive sleep apnea, also known as sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is not uncommon in children, but can have a profound impact on their educational experience by causing daytime sleepiness, attention deficit disorder, and other behavioral issues, along with bed-wetting and slowed growth. The number one indicator of SDB is restless sleep and labored breathing. Thi
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