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Pediatric Otolaryngology

Our team of pediatric ENTs treats children with common illnesses such as tonsillitis, sinusitis and ear infections (otitis media) using the latest guidelines for medical treatment and the most advanced techniques for surgical treatment.

We also assess and treat children with more unusual disorders, including breathing problems involving the upper airways, chronic ear disease and acquired or congenital masses of the head and neck, sometimes with procedures and techniques developed here at Johns Hopkins. Some children with ear, nose and throat diseases need special care because of complicating medical conditions, such as asthma, heart disease, or developmental disorders. We care for children with these multiple conditions using all the resources of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

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FAQs about Common Ear, Nose and Throat Problems in Children

Johns Hopkins pediatric otolaryngologist, Dr. Margaret Skinner, answers commonly asked questions about when you should seek out a pediatric otolaryngologist and what types of conditions they treat including recurrent ear infections, large tonsils and noisy breathing.

Our Team

At the Johns Hopkins Division of Pediatric Otolaryngology, we recognize the unique issues involved in treating children with diseases of the ear, nose and throat. Our team of experienced experts includes:

  • Pediatric otolaryngologists (ear, nose, and throat surgeons)
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Audiologists
  • Speech-language pathologist

Infant Tongue and Lip Ties

"As a new mother, you can’t go to any parenting- or breastfeeding-support website that isn’t describing [tongue tie] as the predominant reason your child is having difficulty [breastfeeding] or why breastfeeding is painful," says Jonathan Walsh, M.D. However, the risks of not treating tongue tie may be overstated. “Long-term effects are very unpredictable, and depend on how bad the tie is," Dr. Walsh explains.

Dr. Walsh shares his expertise diagnosing and treating infants presenting with tongue ties during NPR's On Point. Listen to the NPR episode to learn more about this increasingly common diagnosis.

Jonathan Walsh, M.D.