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Saturday, 29 October 2016

How To Deal With Ear Infections In Children

Children have higher risk of developing ear infections than the adults because of their custachian tube making it less likely for fluid to drain out of the ear during the respiration of tract infection, thereby providing a suitable milieu for the development of infection.

Seasonal factors to play a role as ear infections occur more frequently during the cold seasons. Young children, especially those between the ages of 6months and 2years are more susceptible because of the shape and size of their coughustachian tube and their immunity systems, which are fully developed.  Children that attend day care and nursery groups are more prone because they are more exposed to infections than children cared for at home.
Research has shown that feeding methods also play a role. Children, who are bottle fed especially when lying down, have higher risk of developing ear infections.

Symptoms of ear infections
Ear pain
Fluid draining from the affected ear
Hearing loss
Younger children who are unable to speak may pull at their ears or be irritable.

Causes of ear infections
The infection is caused by a bacteria or virus which spread to other parts of the body especially those surrounding the ear including the mastoid bone, meninges or brain, leading to serious infections.

Most ear infections will resolve, if properly treated. However, complications such as ear loss if not well treated. If hearing is impaired, it may lead to other developmental delays, including speech delays. Parent should seek medical attention if the child has the above mentioned symptoms of an ear infection. This will enable the doctor to make a early diagnosis early and treat appropriately.