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Your Kid's Eyes, Ears, Nose & Throat


Amblyopia interferes with the way the eye and the brain work together. The result is poor vision. Treatment may involve glasses, patches, eye drops, or surgery.

Auditory Neuropathy Spectrum Disorder (ANSD)

Some kids have hearing loss due to auditory neuropathy spectrum disorder (ANSD), a problem in the transmission of sound from the inner ear to the brain.

Black Eyes

A black eye is bruising around the eyes that can look purple, black, or dark blue. Usually, they get better in a week or so.

Corneal Abrasions

Corneal abrasions, which are common among kids, happen when something gets into the eye. Though sometimes painful, they're rarely serious and usually heal within a few days.

Dealing With Earwax (Cerumen)

Earwax helps protect the eardrum and fight infection. Parents shouldn't attempt to remove earwax at home, as doing so risks damage to the ear canal and, possibly, a child's hearing.

Farsightedness (Hyperopia)

Farsightedness (hyperopia) is a vision problem that makes it hard to see nearby objects clearly.

First Aid: Pinkeye

Pinkeye is an inflammation of the white part of the eye and the inner eyelids. Although some kinds of pinkeye go away on their own, others require treatment.

How Can My Child Watch a Solar Eclipse Safely?

Looking at a solar eclipse without eye protection can be dangerous. Find out the risks and how to watch one safely.

How Do the Ears Work? (Video)

The ears gather sounds from our environment and turn them into messages for the brain to decode. Learn more in this video about the ears.

How to Handle an Eye Injury

Some eye injuries can be treated at home, while others require a visit to the doctor or emergency room. Find out what to do if your child has eye pain.