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Ear problems in children

Kids Ear Infections

Children are very vulnerable to ear infections. Since their bodies just start to build antibodies and fight against many microorganisms, they are much more likely to develop various infections, including those of the ears. Statistic data show that more than 90% of kids younger than 7 years of age have experienced ear infection.

Ear infections are usually caused by viruses or bacteria and in some cases they can be caused by complications of respiratory tract infection. Inflammation of the middle ear is the most common problem which can develop further on and lead to “glue ear” condition, so children can’t hear properly at the time. This infection is also known as otitis media and it usually affects babies and very young children. Pain and deafness in this case are caused by the accumulation of fluid or pus in the ear canal, behind the eardrum. Eardrums normally burst without any treatment and the fluid gets absorbed several days (3 to 4 days) later. After the absorption, the hearing usually returns back to normal again.

In severe cases, you need to seek medical assistance and the doctor will prescribe some antibiotics to treat serious ear infection of your child.

Other causes of ear problems in kids may include: complications during the pregnancy, genetic problems, head injuries, meningitis or presence of foreign bodies in the ear. Wax accumulated in the ear may also cause ear problems, as well as some changes in the air pressure or some benign health problems like cold, runny nose or sore throat.

Children suffering from ear problems usually experience pain and fever. If the child is very young, he or she might be very irritated and starts to pull his/her ears. Deafness is also something parents should notice if there is some ear problem in their kid. Burst eardrum usually provokes discharge, so you should know if you see something coming out of your child’s ear.

Ear Infection Treatment

The best option is to bring your child and visit your doctor. He or she will properly diagnose the problems with your child’s ear(s) and prescribe appropriate treatment. Most children will get something to relieve the pain or course of antibiotic drugs. Earache may also be resolved with some ear drops.

Heating pad is known to help some kids suffering from ear pain, so you might want to try this before child’s bedtime. Playing indoors while the infection lasts is also beneficial for the child.

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