Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) concerns are common in children with Down syndrome due to their facial anatomy, narrow ear canals and often weaker immune system.  The combination of these factors can often lead to chronic ear infections, chronic rhinitis and sinusitis, hearing loss and airway obstructions.

Articles and Information

Ear, nose and throat concerns in children with Down syndrome

The Chronic Runny Nose by Dr Len Leshin

Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Issues and Down Syndrome


Medical and Surgical Care for Children with Down Syndrome

Schermerhorn, Will  Down Syndrome : the first 18 months [DVD + VHS]

Selikowitz, Mark  Down Syndrome : the facts

Tubes in My Ears [children’s book]

Articles and Information

Down Syndrome and Childhood Deafness

Can You Hear Me?  Middle Ear Problems – Chris Hardman

Hearing and Vision Loss Associated with Down Syndrome – Kate Moss

Hearing Impairment and Down’s Syndrome

Hearing Impairment and Down Syndrome – Paula Schauer


Aussie Deaf Kids offers online support and resources for parents of hard of hearing children living in Australia www.aussiedeafkids.com

WAIDE  WA Institute for Deaf Education provide educational support services, facilities and schools for deaf and hard of hearing children and their families throughout WA.  www.waide.wa.edu.au

Articles and Information

Down Syndrome and Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Dr Len Leshin

Research on Sleep Problems and Psychological Function in Children with Down Syndrome – Dr Rebecca Stores to view click on>Medical Series in the index, then >Sleep Disorders in the drop down menu.

Sleep Characteristics in Children with Down Syndrome – Levanon, Trarasuik and Tal

Sleep Apnea Tests advised for Children with Down Syndrome – Judith Groch

Sleep Related Breathing Disorders in Adults with Down Syndrome


PMH Sleep Laboratory available for consultation with a referral from your medical practitioner.