An ear infection is a common condition among children. It is usually triggered by an infection and can trigger earache and brief hearing loss.
The infections typically subside on their own but oftentimes require treatment using antibiotics. Some children with recurrent ear infection especially those that causes long-term issues requires surgical intervention.
Overview on an ear infection
Even though there are various types of ear infection, otitis media is the most prevalent. Infants and children are prone to develop this type of ear infection. The other common form is otitis externa which affects the outer ear.
The infections can be triggered by either viruses or bacteria. After an infection, the child might have hearing issues for 2-6 weeks. If the issue persists longer than this, a doctor should be consulted.
What are the indications?
- Difficulty hearing
- Nausea or vomiting
- Sensation of fullness in the ears oftentimes with ringing or buzzing
- Dizziness or balance loss
Among infants and young children, the following are present:
- Pulling or rubbing the ear
- Redness around the affected ear
- Fever of 38 degrees C or higher
- Irritability or appears restless
- Does not respond to noises that normally attracts their attention
It is vital to prevent entry of water in the ears or smoking since these can make the infections worse. There are considerations to bear in mind such as the following:
- Avoid placing anything into the ear such as cotton buds even if the ear feels clogged or painful.
- Do not use ear drops unless prescribed by the doctor.
Once the pain persists or becomes worse or the individual feels sick or has fever, a doctor should be consulted right away.