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Foreign Object In The Ear In Children
Every 10 days to 2 weeks my husband’s ear will feel clogged and he can’t hear well. He flushes it with warm water using a ear bulb. What comes out seems like a fibrous material, not wax. MD checked but saw nothing, not impacted, no foreign object.?
I would never: You can wet a Q-tip and place the wet end near the object & then gently tease it off the eye. If it will not move, you need to go to an urgent care clinic so they can extract it. An alternative might be using a big bottle of artificial tears to squirt at/flush the object. You cannot control the flow or direction of a showerhead & are likely to do more harm than good. ...Read more
My 8yo has had for years an infection odor surrounding her head. Inside r nostril shows a swollen red lump. History epistaxis. Foreign object or what?
What test should be performed to see if there is an object in the ear - symptoms are sharp stabbing and severe pain?
Examination: The first step is to have a visual examination of the ears. Your doctor will be able to identify any foreign object or infection. ...Read more
Insects in baby ears: Yes they can. It can make babies feel irritable as they do not know what is going on in their ears. You may need to see your pediatrician if you think the baby has silver fish in his or her ears. ...Read more
Flushing: Your pediatrician or an ENT can flush them out and there are otc kits you can use to irrigate the ears periodically to keep them clean. ...Read more
If your child is...: ....Being seen by your pediatrician for any illness, a cold included, the ears should be checked as part of the examination. ...Read more
You can try to look: You can try to look with a flashlight but ear canals can be hard to see into. Take her to your pediatrician if you are concerned. ...Read more
Check up: See a doctor so that you can know what it is. ...Read more
Variety of methods: If object does not absorb water try the direct flush method in the shower. Do not try this with objects that could expand when wet. If object is a bug you may try floating it out with a few drops of oil. If object is visible and you feel safe it is possible to grab it with tweezers. This requires a steady hand and ear. If object is really wedged then visit your local practitioner. ...Read more
Good: Used properly, that particular scanner is actually quite accurate. The gold standard is still a rectal temperature, but we know how easy this is on a two year old! Things that may affect it's accuracy a little bit are if ear canal completely plugged with wax or icky debris from an infection. ...Read more
Yes: Studies in day care centers suggest the persistence of middle ear fluid for up to 3 months in the first year in patients with no symptoms. The occurrence is aggravated by smaller drainage tubes in kids heads, allergies & recurrent URI's. As they approach age 8-9 they achieve 90% of adult head size & the issue is uncommon. ...Read more
My husband cannot tolerate our children crying or wailing. He says that the sound of their cries hurts his ears. Could there be some underlying issue?
Reflects upbringing: This can represent a deep seated issue with his upbringing. Infants and toddlers who were yelled at or spanked for crying may not remember the process but can connect with the pain or dread when they hear a baby crying. Sometimes counseling can open up the old memory and allow the adult to change their response. ...Read more
Hi, an object was pushed too far and it caused pain in the ear and down neck scans not shown any damage to inner ears etc could it be a nerve problem?
Eardrum: Probably due to an infection in the ear that caused this. Most common cause is from using a foreign object to clean ears. Another cause is with intense pressure changes like seen when flying where to ears chart and get blocked sometimes. ...Read more
Several factors: Young children have less developed immune systems and the eustachian tube that allows fluid to drain from the middle ears is smaller and more horizontal, so it does not function as well. Young children also are exposed to other children with illnesses and are notorious for not having good hand hygiene and thus transmit illnesses more readily. ...Read more
Maturity: Ear infections are thought to result from a poorly functioning eustachain tube which connects the middle ear to the nose. As one ages the tube matures. It gets larger making it less likely to obstruct. It is this blockage that causes ear infections. In addition, it is probable that the immune systems matures, fighting the infections off more efficiently. ...Read more
Is it typical for young children to have recurring moisture buildup in the ear behind the eardrum?
Yes: The middle ear makes fluid in everyone. If the eustachian tube is blocked, the fluid builds up. In babies and young children, the area where the eustachian tube opens in the back of the nose is narrow and can get inflamed easily by nasal sinus problems or adenoid enlargement, hence the increased incident of ear infections and fluid in children. ...Read more
Predisposed: Regular otitis media is a sequential event. The fluid made by the middle ear walls is trapped in that space by impaired drainage thru the eustacian tube. Germs from the throat enter that space & cause infection. Smaller kids/kids with allergies or colds/kids with cleft palate etc are predisposed to recurrence because the drainage doesn't improve until the head grows big enough to improve the drain. ...Read more
Child ear infections: Ear infections in childhood include middle ear infection or otitis media and external ear infection or otitis externa. Otitis media occurs when the middle ear is infected by bacteria and/ or virus. via the eustachian tube. The eustachian tube connects the pharynx to the middle ear. In young children the tube is short and flat and does not drain well facilitating infection of the middle ear. ...Read more
Not the case: Adults, all though less frequent can get ear infections. Ear infections are normally more common in toddlers and infants, simply because they may get more uris. ...Read more
No: There is no link between the two. ...Read more
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