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Constant ear infections. Should my 5 year old get tubes?

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 more

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Ear Infections (Definition)

There are three different types of ear infections that affect different areas of the ear. Outer ear infection (Otitis externa) affects the ear canal and the outside part of the ear. Middle ear infection (Otitis media) affects the middle ear and leads to fluid accumulation behind the ear drum. Inner ear infection (Otitis interna) is a less common inflammation of the inner ear that causes vertigo, ...Read more


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My 5yr old is prone to ear infections. Could swimming increase his chances of gettin them? At his age would tubes still be a possibility, consult ENT?

My 5yr old is prone to ear infections. Could swimming increase his chances of gettin them? At his age would tubes still be a possibility, consult ENT?

Different issues: The middle ear otitis that benefits from tubes is different from the canal infections that come with swimming. Middle ear infections are head size related and fade as the kids eustachian tubes enlarge with age. Swimmer's ear is related to time in the pool and retention of water after swimming. Remove the water and end the problem.Tubes would have no benefit. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean its an ear infection?

My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean its an ear infection?

Maybe,maybe not: Sometimes a kid with a cough & congestion can develop pressure behind the ear drum by simple fluid accumulation. An exam would be required to decide if it were infected. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean she has an ear infection?

My 5 year old has a cough and now ear ache. Does that mean she has an ear infection?

Maybe,maybe not: Sometimes a kid with a cough & congestion can develop pressure behind the ear drum by simple fluid accumulation. An exam would be required to decide if it were infected. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has a cough for a week and now ear ache. Does that mean she has an ear infection?

Depends: Acute ear infections often accompany upper respiratory infections such as a cold. She/he should complain of ear pain and likely hearing loss. Definitive diagnosis needs an ear examination and then treatment with antibiotics. ...Read more

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Is there any other way to treat a one year old that has had 4 ear infections in 3 months other than ear tubes?

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 more

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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

Dr. James Ferguson
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Ear Infection (Definition)

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


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Infection (Definition)

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