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How can you eliminate chronic fluid build up behind eardrum. What causes this in 6 year olds not a swimmer, no sinus respiratory issues, ongoing since january fluid won't go away, we have had 9 trips to pediatrician with either ear infection or just fluid

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Dr. Laura McMullen
Pediatrics
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In brief: Chronic

Chronic ear fluid is a common problem for a lot of kids.
Because the eustachian tube (the tube that drains the ear into the throat) is narrow and winding in kids, it can often stop draining properly and cause chronic fluid or frequent ear infections. The good news is that as children grow, the tubes grow also becoming wider and straighter to allow for proper drainage for most adults. The bad news is that this doesn't happen overnight. Since there are no medications shown to alleviate the pressure or drain the fluid from behind the ear drum, it has to be done with a suction and/or ear tubes. You can try giving Motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) for the ear discomfort, but the fluid will either have to drain out on its own (unlikely given your son's history) or drain out when the tube is placed. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry.

In brief: Chronic

Chronic ear fluid is a common problem for a lot of kids.
Because the eustachian tube (the tube that drains the ear into the throat) is narrow and winding in kids, it can often stop draining properly and cause chronic fluid or frequent ear infections. The good news is that as children grow, the tubes grow also becoming wider and straighter to allow for proper drainage for most adults. The bad news is that this doesn't happen overnight. Since there are no medications shown to alleviate the pressure or drain the fluid from behind the ear drum, it has to be done with a suction and/or ear tubes. You can try giving Motrin or tylenol (acetaminophen) for the ear discomfort, but the fluid will either have to drain out on its own (unlikely given your son's history) or drain out when the tube is placed. Legal disclaimer: I am providing this general and basic information as a public service and my response to this question does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. For any additional information, advice, or specific concerns, please speak with your own physician. The information provided is current as of the date of the answer entry.
Dr. Laura McMullen
Dr. Laura McMullen
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Dr. Zoey Goore
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Fluid

The fluid in the middle ear space is not in itself dangerous.
The question is is it creating difficulty for your child (are the infections hard to treat? Is he complaining of pain or pressure all the time? ) in good studies the long term consequences of persistent fluid is negligible. Having said that putting a tube in will relieve the fluid but requires anesthesia and is not entirely without risk.

In brief: Fluid

The fluid in the middle ear space is not in itself dangerous.
The question is is it creating difficulty for your child (are the infections hard to treat? Is he complaining of pain or pressure all the time? ) in good studies the long term consequences of persistent fluid is negligible. Having said that putting a tube in will relieve the fluid but requires anesthesia and is not entirely without risk.
Dr. Zoey Goore
Dr. Zoey Goore
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Dr. Oscar Novick
Pediatrics

In brief: Serous otitis

If you have had nine trips to the doctor see an e n t .
He may suggest that your child gets tubes to drain the fluid.

In brief: Serous otitis

If you have had nine trips to the doctor see an e n t .
He may suggest that your child gets tubes to drain the fluid.
Dr. Oscar Novick
Dr. Oscar Novick
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