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Will fluid in my 20 month old ear cause him to wake up screaming frantically at naps and bedtime?
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Dr. Joseph Hermann
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: It's possible
It's possible but very hard to be sure.
The only way to know would be to ask him and of course he probably can't answer at this stage of his life. Sudden changes of pressure in the eustachian tube from yawning or swallowing can produce sudden sharp pains in the ear which by themselves aren't really harmful, but prolonged fluid in the middle ear may cause hearing loss over time. Check it out.

In brief: It's possible
It's possible but very hard to be sure.
The only way to know would be to ask him and of course he probably can't answer at this stage of his life. Sudden changes of pressure in the eustachian tube from yawning or swallowing can produce sudden sharp pains in the ear which by themselves aren't really harmful, but prolonged fluid in the middle ear may cause hearing loss over time. Check it out.
Dr. Joseph Hermann
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Doubt it
New acute infection- yes, but fluid itself, no.
Frantic screaming after going to sleep is more likely a night terror. With these they don't respond when you first touch them and seem oblivious.Kids with nightmares usually have them in early mornings and they respond to you immediately if you touch them. Often seen in kids with erratic sleep patterns leading to a sleep deficit.

In brief: Doubt it
New acute infection- yes, but fluid itself, no.
Frantic screaming after going to sleep is more likely a night terror. With these they don't respond when you first touch them and seem oblivious.Kids with nightmares usually have them in early mornings and they respond to you immediately if you touch them. Often seen in kids with erratic sleep patterns leading to a sleep deficit.
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Sari Nabulsi
Pediatrics
In brief: Yes
If you mean if there is pusy discharge from the ear, the answer is yes.
If you mean fluids from bathing or swimming, unless there is ear tubes in the ear, it shouldn't cause any pain.

In brief: Yes
If you mean if there is pusy discharge from the ear, the answer is yes.
If you mean fluids from bathing or swimming, unless there is ear tubes in the ear, it shouldn't cause any pain.
Dr. Sari Nabulsi
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