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Pediatric ENT (Otolaryngology)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Marshfield Clinic Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) is one of the most comprehensive otolaryngology programs in Wisconsin. 

Whether your child is suffering from sinus or voice disorders, or are facing surgery, our ENT physicians have many years of training and experience to treat your child.

Some of the diseases and conditions we treat in children include:

  • Ear infection​
  • Tonsillitis​

Ear infection

Crankiness, fever and/or pulling or rubbing the ear may be a sign that a child has an ear infection (otitis media), which is not uncommon in children particularly in the late fall, winter and early spring seasons.

Ear infections result from bacterial and/or viral organisms "invading" the middle ear space. Children exposed to second hand smoke are thought to have an increased incidence of ear infections.


A child with an ear infection can be evaluated and treated by a Marshfield Clinic physician, physician's assistant or nurse practitioner. Treatments include:

Antibiotics are often used to treat bacterial ear infections. However, excessive use of antibiotics may result in the development of bacterial resistance to the same antibiotic. A Marshfield Clinic medical professional will discuss the risks and benefits of this treatment plan.

Insertion of ventilating tubes in the tympanic membrane (ear drum) is often recommended in patients who have repeated ear infections or persistent fluid in the middle ear space.

​ Tonsillitis

A sore throat can be an indication of inflammation of the tonsils, commonly known as tonsillitis. Tonsillitis is the result of either viral or bacterial invasion of the tonsils (and adenoids).

Signs and symptoms may include fever, painful or difficult swallowing, whitish (purulent) fluid on the tonsils, swollen lymph nodes in the neck, and generalized redness and swelling of the throat.


Medication/Home Treatment
If tonsillitis is determined to be bacterial in nature, antibiotics are prescribed with the duration of treatment being determined by the specific antibiotic. In addition, pain/anti-inflammatory medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen are very helpful.

Gargling with warm salt water often helps relieve the discomfort of the sore throat. Increased fluid intake of non-caffeinated beverages is important to avoid dehydration.

In situations where tonsillitis happens often or keeps coming back, or if the tonsils are unusually enlarged and cause trouble breathing, restless sleeping, snoring and "noisy" eating, consult with an otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose and Throat specialist) for evaluation and treatment.

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How Much Do You Know About Tonsils and Adenoids?

Test your knowledge of tonsils and adenoids by taking this quiz, based on information from the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS).

1. Tonsils are on the back of the throat. Where are the adenoids located?
2. What do your tonsils and adenoids do?
3. Which of these is a common problem with tonsils?
4. Most cases of tonsillitis occur in which age group?
5. Which of these may be a symptom of tonsillitis?
6. Along with a sore throat and fever, which of these can be a symptom of an adenoid infection?
7. How are infections of the tonsils or adenoids usually treated?
8. When do tonsils or adenoids need to be removed?