Children’s Ear Aches
What is a Children’s Ear Ache?
If your child is complaining about sharp, burning or dull pain in one or both ear, he/she may have an ear infection. A middle ear infection or Acute Otitis Media is one of the most common causes of Earaches in children. More often than not, it clears up on its own, however, sometimes it may persist and lead to longstanding earaches and recurring infections. Effective treatment by an experienced otolaryngologist is necessary to ensure child’s health.
If you are looking for effective treatment for your child’s earache, do not hesitate to set up an appointment with a skilled and experienced pediatric Earache specialist at Eastside ENT specialists in Ohio. Give us a call at 440-352-1474 and access quality medical care for your child.
What Causes a Children’s Ear Ache?
An ear infection causes the small tube that connects middle ear to the back of your child’s throat and nose (Eustachian tube) to swell up. The blocked tube increases the pressure behind the eardrum that may lead to build up of fluids behind the eardrum. This increased pressure causes pain, swelling and redness in the ear and impairs the functions of the eardrum resulting in impaired hearing.
Cold, Flu, Hay fever, Allergies and Upper Respiratory Infection may lead to an ear infection and consequently earaches. The infection and the fluid buildup may clear up within a few days. If infection persists, it may cause eardrum to rupture resulting in drainage of the fluid. The pus and fluid may remain behind the eardrum for long periods (middle ear effusion) leading to longstanding earaches. Also, cause earaches in children.
What are the Symptoms of a Children’s Ear Ache?
In infants and toddlers, following symptoms may give you signs that your child has pain or discomfort in one or both ears:
- Pulling, tugging or scratching at the ear
- Crying more than usual
- Hearing problems
- Loss of appetite
- Ear drainage
Following symptoms may accompany sharp pain in the ear in the young children:
- Feeling of fullness or pressure inside the ear
- Loss of Hearing
- Loss of Balance
- Nausea or Vertigo
- Ear drainage
What are the Risk Factors for a Children’s Ear Ache?
Because of small Eustachian tubes, children are already at higher risk for developing ear infections. Following factors may increase the risks for ear pain in kids:
- Wax buildup
- Foreign object in the ear
- Respiratory infections
- Jaw Pain sometimes caused by TMJ
- Dental problems
When Should I see a Doctor?
If the ear ache does not go away in a couple of days, or you notice symptoms like fever, vomiting, swelling in and around the ears or puss draining out of the ears, you must take your child to get thoroughly checked up by an experienced ENT specialist.
How is a Children’s Ear Ache Diagnosed?
Your pediatric ENT specialist may diagnose the cause of your child’s earache using following diagnostic procedures:
- He may ask you to give a detailed account of all the symptoms your child is experiencing
- He may carry out a physical exam using an Otoscope to look for signs of inflammation, redness and fluid
- A hearing test called Audiogram may be conducted to look for signs of hearing loss
- The doctor may use Tympanogram test to measure the air pressure in the middle ear and the function of eardrum
How is a Children’s Ear Ache Treated?
To clear out the infection and to help manage the accompanying symptoms, the ENT specialist may recommend following treatment for earache in child:
- Painkillers like Children’s Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen
- Decongestants nose drops to help with air pressure
- Antihistamines to contain the symptoms of allergies
- Ear tube surgery may be needed if your child’s ear pain is being caused by Effusion or recurring ear infections
A Children’s Ear Ache can cause severe discomfort for your child and the underlying causes may lead to hearing loss if prompt treatment is not accessed. If you are looking for effective treatment for your child’s earache, do not hesitate to set up an appointment with a skilled and experienced pediatric Earache specialist at Eastside ENT specialists in Ohio. Give us a call at 440-352-1474 and access quality medical care for your child.
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