Pediatrics

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As a family ear, nose and throat physician, Dr. Wallace is committed to providing the highest quality medical care to infants, children and adolescents. He treats common illnesses such as otitis (ear infections), tonsillitis and sinusitis, as well as more unusual disorders affecting the upper airways, ears, neck and head.

Dr. Wallace understands that treating children for ENT disorders requires specialized, family-centered care – and he believes in educating parents so that they can make the best choices for their children. He offers age-appropriate treatment options using the latest procedures and techniques, minimizing pain and discomfort to the child.
He has treated the following conditions in both infants and children:

  • Adenotonsillar disease

  • Chronic ear disease

  • Congenital and acquired airway abnormalities

  • Congenital and acquired pediatric head and neck tumors

  • Gastroesophogeal reflux in ear nose and throat disease

  • Obstructive sleep apnea

  • Sinonasal disease

Some of the most common conditions that children experience most are:

Adenotonsillar disease: This prevalent pediatric ENT disorder is based on chronic inflammation of the adenoid and tonsils. The adenoid, which can be found in the nasal passage just above the tonsils, works together with the tonsils to fight infections in the nose and throat.

Otitis: There are two types of ear infections, both of which are common in infants and children: otitis media (middle ear infection) and otitis externa (outer ear infection). Otitis media is the more common of the two infections, with 90 percent of children experiencing at least one before reaching school age. It is an infection behind the ear drum, and it can be caused by viruses or bacteria. Otitis externa, on the other hand, is an infection associated with exposure to water. The moisture makes it easier for bacteria, fungi and yeast to grow, causing redness and swelling of the outer ear, as well as pain and drainage in the ear canal.

Sinonasal disease: A combination of chronic sinusitis and chronic rhinitis, symptoms of sinonasal disease can include: nasal obstruction, nasal discharge, nose bleeds, smell disorders, headaches and facial pain.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA): Children with this condition have difficulty breathing when they sleep due to the upper airway being partially or completely blocked by the adenoids and tonsils. Parents that suspect their child may have OSA can listen for loud snoring and pauses in breathing while their child sleeps. Children may also feel tired during the day and have trouble concentrating.