Did you know that ear tube surgery is the most common childhood surgery performed in the U.S.? It’s nothing to fear because it has very high success rates and it gives children their hearing back! It’s important to watch for signs that your child may need ear tube surgery. Consider these frequently asked questions:
What is an ear infection?
Your ear consists of three parts – inner, middle, and outer. When bacteria enter the middle ear, it becomes inflamed. This combination causes fluid to build up behind the eardrum. There are three different types of ear infections — Acute Otitis Media, Otitis Media With Effusion, And Chronic Otitis Media With Effusion. Each type has different symptoms so it’s important to bring your child to the doctor if you see signs of an ear infection.
How will I know my child has an ear infection?
Ear infections are more common in children than in adults. And, frustratingly, many ear infections occur before your child can speak! So, it’s important to watch for signs that an ear infection may be occurring such as a fever, tugging on the ear, crying, trouble sleeping, fluid from the ear, difficulty hearing quiet noises, and balance issues.
What are treatment options for ear infections?
Before issuing a treatment, your doctor will diagnose the ear infection via instruments that allow him to see the eardrum. The most common treatment option for an ear infection is antibiotics. Antibiotics work hard to fight the bacteria that has been trapped in the middle ear. If your child has recurrent ear infections, your doctor may suggest ear tube surgery. This surgery will place tubes in your child’s ears which will allow for air to flow in and out of the middle ear.
If your child is suffering from an ear infection, we understand how miserable he feels! Our doctors can expertly diagnose and treat the issue to help your little one feel better. Schedule an appointment with one of our doctors today.