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Constant Ear Infections Should My 5 Year Old Get Tubes
Hearing loss: If your child's hearing is starting to get worse from the infections, it may be time for tubes. Of course, if someone smokes in the house, getting rid of smoke might be all you need. And this is rarely a consideration for 5-year-olds, but drinking while lying flat on one's back is also a risk factor for otitis media. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Collection of purulent fluid behind tympanic membrane- many times secondary to nasal congestion/ viral uri- that can cause bulging of tympanic membrane, pain, redness or distortion of typical anatomic landmarks of membrane, poor mobility of membrane ultimately, tm can perforate or rupture with subsequent drainage of fluid into the ear canal. May take months for fluid from ...Read more
3.5 year old son who got over an ear infection now has a perforated ear drum involving 60%. What is the likelihood of healing on its own? Get patch?
See ENT: With 60% involvement, it is unlikely to heal up by itself. I would urge you to contact your ENT to see what he/she thinks. ...Read more
My 5 year old gets ear infections every 2-3 mnths, and now she has ringing. My sister and her son have cholesteatomas. Can those be seen with otoscope?
My 13 month old had bilat tubes placed on 3/11/12. Today, he was diagnosed with another ear infection.(5th this year!) why would this keep happening?
Germs: The tubes are a good way to reduce the frequency of ear infections but they are not a guarantee. They often drown the frequency from 5+/yr down to 2, but occasional kids may develop constant drainage. Many of these infections can be treated with drops into the ear canal instead of oral meds.Sometimes the tube will plug up with debris & not let air in. ...Read more
Is there any other way to treat a one year old that has had 4 ear infections in 3 months other than ear tubes?
Maybe: Is the child in daycare with lots of other kids? This can increase risk of exposure to viruses and infections. Is there smoking in the home or car (even if child isn't in the room at the time)? Same thing. You can try saline mist to the nostrils a few times a day to help rinse away bugs and allergens. Also, you can try xylitol 4-5x a day for the child to see if that helps. Good luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
14 month old with seemingly constant ear infections- will tubes help? Any risk? She's also not walking yet...
PE Tubes May Help: Some children seem to get lots of ear infections every winter. For those who have a hard time clearing the infections with oral antibiotics, pe (pressure equalizing) tubes may help in preventing recurrent infections. The tubes are not a perfect solution, however, as it is still possible to get an infection even after their placement. Check with your pediatrician about their thoughts. ...Read more
Otitis externa is also known as Swimmer's ear. Otitis externa is an infection of the outer ear canal. Patients usually have pain at the outer ear, and there may be fluid draining from the ear. Often these infections are caused by water accumulating in the ear canal, such as after swimming, or if the ear ...Read more
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
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