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There are a few clear indications that your child may have an ear infection, and they shouldn’t be ignored. An urgent exam and treatment are recommended if there are any signs of concern. These infections are very common in very young children because of their yet-to-be-fully-developed ears and exposure to harmful bacteria. Find out more about common ear infections in children and how they’ll be treated by a San Antonio, TX, pediatric ENT at Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center.
Ear Infections in Children
Approximately three out of four children are diagnosed with ear infections each year according to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, so it is quite common. It is usually caused by bad bacteria invading the inner tissues of the ear, making it painful and irritated. Acute otitis media is the typical type of ear infection that children are diagnosed with. Infected fluid fills the area behind the eardrum, causing earache, redness, and fever. Serous otitis media is when non-infected fluid is in the ear. Chronic otitis media is a recurrent condition that could affect a child’s ability to fight off infections. Your San Antonio pediatric ENT will check your child's ear for signs of fluid and evaluate his or her hearing ability.
Ear Infection Causes and Risks
It’s likely that an ear infection in a child is due to allergies, exposure to cigarette smoke, or simply being around another infected child. Some ear problems may be caused by a foreign object that has been lodged inside of the ear canal. Undiagnosed and untreated, an ear infection presents a number of risks. Fluid in the ear may reduce the child’s ability to hear, which can affect his or her performance in school. A chronic case could cause permanent hearing loss in serious cases.
Treating a Pediatric Ear Infection
In some cases, the best treatment is to have the infection officially diagnosed by your San Antonio pediatric ENT and then monitor the case, allowing time for it to heal on its own. Some ear infections clear up on their own after a while. In other cases, a course of antibiotic medicine is required. Pressure Equalization (PE) tubes or ear tube surgery may be necessary in chronic cases. If your doctor discovers an object inside of the ear or trapped water after swimming, it will be safely removed in the office.
Have Your Child Examined
If you’re concerned that your child is complaining of ear discomfort, or struggling to hear normal sounds, don’t hesitate to visit Dr. Christine Gilliam, a pediatric ENT at Everyone's ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, for a checkup. Call (210) 647-3838 today to schedule your appointment.
Find out whether or not your child could be displaying signs of an infection.
Nothing is worse for a parent than dealing with a sick child. Unfortunately, an ear infection is something most children will experience at some point. Ear infections are a common issue that your San Antonio, TX, pediatric ENT doctor, Dr. Christine Gilliam can assist with. Here’s what to be on the lookout for.
Unfortunately, one of the issues with ear infections is that they often appear in children who aren’t able to speak yet. If your child isn’t old enough to verbalize that they are having issues with their ears, you may be a bit confused as to why they may be acting out of sorts. Here are some signs that your child might just be dealing with an ear infection:
- Tugging or playing with their ears
- Fussing or crying
- Redness or swelling of the ear
- Discharge or pus coming from the ear
- Difficulty hearing
- Problems with balance
- Inability to sleep
In most cases, ear infections are caused by bacteria and often accompany another infection like a sore throat or respiratory problem. There are some cases in which a virus such as a cold can also cause an ear infection. Since most ear infections are bacterial they will require antibiotics from our San Antonio children’s otolaryngologist to properly treat the infection. Remember to follow this medication exactly as instructed. Your child should never stop taking this medication even if they start to feel better.
Once they start taking their medication you should notice an improvement in their symptoms after just a couple of days. If you don’t see any changes in their symptoms after a few days or if symptoms only get worse then you need to give us a call. We will prescribe another type of antibiotic that should be more effective.
While your child is healing, make sure they are getting plenty of rest and fluids. The more they rest the better their bodies will be able to combat the infection. Keeping them hydrated is also important for a speedy recovery. If your child is showing signs of dehydration then you need to bring them in right away.
If you are concerned that your child may have an ear infection then the best choice is to call Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center in San Antonio, TX, to get your child in to see their ENT doctor, Dr. Christine Gilliam, right away.
If your child is suffering from an ear infection in San Antonio, TX, you need the services and expertise of an ear, nose, and throat specialist such as Dr.Christine Gilliam with Everyone’s ENT & Sinus Center.
Ear infections are common in children. In fact, the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) estimates five out of six children in the United States will have at least one ear infection by their third birthday.
Ear infections usually occur in the middle ear, which is located between the ear drum and inner ear and contains three bones which help transmit sound to the inner ear. What happens is fluid builds up behind the ear drum trapping bacteria, which causes inflammation. This often happens after a child has already developed an upper respiratory bacterial infection or a cold.
Other parts of the ear, such as the Eustachian tubes, which connect the upper throat to the inner ear and the adenoids, tiny patches of tissue near the Eustachian tubes and back of the throat can become infected as well.
Symptoms of an ear infection can include but are not limited to
- Tugging or pulling on the affected ear
- Fussiness or irritability
- Difficulty sleeping
- Loss of balance
- Fluid draining from ear
- Inability to hear quiet sounds
The most common ear infection, according to the NIDCD, is known as acute otitis media or AOM. This type of infection occurs when parts of the middle ear become infected and swollen and traps fluid behind the eardrum, causing inflammation and pain.
Another common ear infection, otitis media with effusion (OME) sometimes occurs when the AOM infection has run its course but the fluid is still trapped behind the ear drum.
A third major category, chronic otitis media with effusion (COME) occurs when fluid remains trapped in the inner ear for a long time or continually recurs. This type of infection not only makes it difficult for a child to fight off new infections but it can affect a child’s hearing.
Your San Antonio ENT, Dr. Gilliam, will probably prescribe a round of antibiotics to clear up the infection. It is important that your child takes the medication exactly as directed. Your child should feel better with a few days.
Because AOM infections can be painful, your San Antonio ENT may also prescribe over the counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen to ease the pain. However, one very important point to remember is that you should never give your child aspirin unless directed by the doctor, because aspirin has been identified as a risk factor for a very serious medical condition known as Reye’s Syndrome.
If your child’s ear infections keep coming back, we may suggest implanting tiny air tubes in your child’s ears to help improve air flow and drainage.
If you need to take your child to a caring, qualified ENT in San Antonio, contact Everone’s ENT and Sinus Center at 210-647-3838.