pediatric ear nose and throat doctor giving his young patient a high five

Ear, nose, and throat conditions – particularly infections – are extremely common among children.

Ear infections are the most common reason kids visit the doctorChildren of all ages can experience a wide variety of ear, nose, and throat conditions – from painful earaches to speech irregularities.

Pediatric ear, nose, and throat disorders are among the top reasons why parents schedule doctor appointments for their children — with ear infections ranking as #1 reason.

As parents ourselves, we personally know that it’s no fun for either you (the concerned parent) or your sick child when they’re suffering from a runny nose, painful earache, or can’t get a good night’s sleep! Which is why — as Pediatric Ear, Nose & Throat Specialists — we truly understand the importance of providing professional, yet compassionate care to our pediatric patients and their families.

Our main goal is to maximize the quality of our pediatric patients’ health while doing our best to minimize any anxiety or discomfort.

We Provide Comprehensive Pediatric Ear, Nose & Throat Care to Children of All Ages

From infant to teen and all ages in between – our specialists provide comprehensive care to diagnose and treat a wide range of pediatric ear, nose and throat conditions, such as:

  1. Childhood Allergies and Difficulty Breathing

  2. Recurring Ear Infections and Swimmers Ear

  3. Strep Throat, Tonsillitis and Enlarged Adenoids

  4. Foreign Objects Stuck In The Ears or Nose

  5. Hearing Screening and Hearing Loss in Children

  1. Sleep Apnea and Snoring

  2. Draining Ears and Ear Tubes

  3. Neck Masses and Swallowing Disorders

  4. Nosebleeds and Sinus Trouble

  5. Tongue Ties and Speech Irregularities


How to Prepare For Your Child’s Pediatric ENT Care & What to Expect

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Prepare Your Paperwork and Questions Ahead of Time

Our Pediatric Audiology or Pediatric ENT Specialists can be an incredible resource when you have questions and concerns about your child’s ear, nose and throat healthcare.

Take a few minutes to fully prepare before your scheduled to make the most of your child’s appointment time with our Pediatric Audiologist or Pediatric ENT Doctors. The more information you can provide to our Pediatric ENT Specialists, the more readily and accurately we will be able to assess your child’s ear, nose and throat health.

  • Download, review and fully complete your child’s New Patient Packet before you arrive at our Scottsdale ENT doctors office for your first appointment with one of our pediatric ENT doctors or with our Pediatric Audiologist.
  • Be sure to collect as many details as possible about your child’s current symptoms to share with our ENT doctors — for instance, your child had a temperature of 102ºF earlier today at 2pm, when you checked last.
  • You will also want to include what you’ve already explored in an attempt to reduce your child’s symptoms – note what has and hasn’t worked.
  • Jot down any questions or health concerns you might have, to help you remember everything you want to discuss during your child’s upcoming ENT doctors appointment.
  • If your schedule is jam-packed like most parents, running late for your pediatric ENT doctor’s appointment can cause undue stress for your whole family, so please allow yourself time to arrive 15 minutes early for your child’s first new patient appointment. This will help our ENT doctors office stay on schedule and ensure that you and your child are receiving the best care and the most benefit from your child’s ENT appointment.
  • If a scheduling conflict arises and you need to cancel and/or reschedule your child’s appointment time, please call our Scottsdale ENT doctors office at (480) 684-1360 to let our friendly front-desk staff know as soon as possible. We require at least 24 hours’ notice for in-office appointments and 72 hours notice for surgical procedures.

Preparing Your Child For Pediatric Audiologist & Pediatric ENT Doctors Visits

Some children show concern or may even be fearful about the new experience of coming to visit the doctor.

How to Address Your Child’s Concerns & Fears Before Your Visit

Here are some practical ways to help your child work through their fears and concerns:

  • Reassure your sick kid that “NO NEEDLES” will be involved during their Pediatric ENT doctors visit!
  • Children usually respond more favorably to any new situation if you share a bit about what to expect. It’s wise to prepare kids by giving them advance notice of of your family’s upcoming doctor visit so it’s not a surprise.
  • Clearly explain the purpose of your visit as well as demonstrate and practice some of the routine experiences of Pediatric Audiology or Pediatric ENT doctors exams – such as how our doctors might check their ears with an otoscope or use a tongue depressor and may even ask them to say “Ahhhh!” as we inspect their throat.
    With young children, use a doll or teddy bear to help demonstrate the exam process. It’s also helpful to practice simply holding still during a doctors exam as well as explaining why it’s a good idea to do so ahead of time. You may even want to try making “holding still” for the doctor a bit fun by suggesting a mini-game of “Freeze Tag”.
    • If your child’s upcoming appointment is for a regular health checkup, explain that your doctor’s visit is just a routine “healthy-child visit” that all healthy kids experience just to check in on how they’re growing.
    • If the visit is to diagnose and treat an illness or other condition, explain — in very non-scary language — that the doctor “needs to examine you to find out how to fix this and help you get better.”
  • Children learn best during play, and this may be a time when they feel most comfortable asking any questions regarding fears they may have. Encourage your kids to express their fears, and then address their concerns in words that they will be able understand and won’t misinterpret.

What to Expect During Your Child’s Pediatric ENT Exam

  • Be focused during your child’s appointment visit and feel free to take notes. Turn off your cell phone and leave other kids with a spouse, babysitter, or relative if possible to avoid distractions so you can focus with your full attention.
  • We examine and treat your child in a relaxed environment to reduce the stress and anxiety for both your child as well as for you – the concerned parent(s).
  • The exam will have several parts, and you and your child may have the opportunity to meet with a few doctors including our pediatric audiologist – depending on the nature of your pediatric ENT appointment.
  • We understand that you may have questions and concerns regarding your child’s condition and care. Our doctors and friendly staff will take time to explain procedures to you in detail and answer any questions you may have.
  • During your child’s ENT doctor visit, have your prepared, prioritized list(s) at the ready to help you share your questions and concerns as well as details regarding your child’s current symptoms and past medical history.
  • If you’d like more information on a particular children’s health topic, please ask our doctors to provide any additional reliable trusted resources where you can find more pediatric health information.

After Your Child’s ENT Appointment

  • Before you leave our ENT doctor’s office, make sure you understand what follow-up appointments, lab tests, or blood work your child may need. If you’re not quite sure you understand how to administer any prescribed medication or home treatments, please be sure to ask a nurse or doctor before leaving our ENT doctor’s office.
  • You may need to familiarize yourself with the types of health insurance we accept, your insurance company’s applicable co-pays and our appointment and procedure payment policies to help ensure your check-out process will go smoothly once you’ve completed your child’s appointment with our Pediatric Ear Nose and Throat specialists.
  • Follow up after your child’s appointment. If the medication or treatment prescribed isn’t working or your child develops worsening or additional symptoms please get back in touch with our office.

What the Parents of Our Pediatric Patients Have to Say About Our ENT Care

Dr. Lykins is an unbelievable surgeon!

Dr. Lykins removed our daughter’s adenoids and tonsils in two separate surgeries. With each surgery she had relatively little recovery time and was back on her feet (and eating!) that same day. His method on the tonsils was quick and painless. I would highly recommend you see him for this procedure and others. His staff is friendly and accommodating and he is an unbelievable surgeon.

We are so pleased with Dr. Lykins that we wish he practiced all fields of medicine!

Dr. Lykins performed our daughters myringotomy and the surgery was so fast and efficient that he was already meeting me at the curb to say all was well while I was in the process of contacting my wife that our daughter had just gone into surgery.

Follow through was excellent. Dr. Lykins takes the time without making you feel rushed to share information and recommendations. He is pleasant to speak with and knowledgeable.

We would recommend to anyone needing an ENT. From office staff to nursing, a top notch doctors office. Imagine a caring doctor who explains, listens, understands and is skilled and efficient and up-to the minute informed about his profession-that is Dr. Lykins. Thank you to Dr. Chris Lykins and his staff.

Dr. Bailey Was Wonderful and Friendly With Our Son

Dr. Bailey was extremely knowledgable. He was wonderfully friendly with our son who was nervous to meet him. Kind, gentle, and caring. Nothing else you could ask from a Doc!

Meet Our Experienced Pediatric Audiology and Pediatric ENT Doctors

Our experienced doctors and helpful staff are dedicated to providing your family with compassionate medical care and support - from initial evaluation through treatment to recovery.

Dr. Samuel Bailey M.D.

Dr. Samuel Bailey is a board-certified Otolaryngologist who began practicing medicine in 2003.

Dr. Christopher Lykins M.D.

Dr. Christopher Lykins is a board-certified Otolaryngologist who has practiced medicine in Phoenix since 2002.