Physician who specializes in disorders of the ear, nose, and throat.
- Relief from Ear InfectionsNew research suggests that taking a “wait-and-see” approach to the treatment of ear infections may be best. A recent study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that 62%, or nearly two-thirds, of children diagnosed with a middle ear infection got better on their own—without antibiotics—within 48 hours.
- Evaluation Begins with Baby TalkChildren with cleft lip and palate and other craniofacial conditions generally have normal language development — learning of words and sentence structure — but may have problems producing the different sounds necessary for speech. Speech-language pathologists, who have completed a two-year master’s degree program as well as a fellowship, are important members of the craniofacial team at Children’s Hospital Boston.
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- Cleft PalateFailure of the roof of the mouth to close between weeks 8 to 12 of pregnancy, when bone and muscle grow in from both sides of the upper jaw to divide the mouth from the nose.
- Robin Sequence and Associated SyndromesRobin sequence begins with a lower jaw that is either too small or is set back from the upper jaw. This causes the tongue to be pushed backward in the throat, where it can flop back and block the airway. Most infants with Robin sequence also have a cleft palate.