Answers for Parents: Ear Tubes and Your Toddler
Many of have faced hearing the dreaded phrase “ventilating and can help with chronic otitis media, or infections.
Eustachian are the connector between the and the throat. They control the balance of air inside and outside of your eardrum and are the reason for the “popping” of ears on airplane flights.
In an adult, they are the right size and point downward to drain any excess fluids that may be present. In little ones, however, they are narrow and become obstructed easily.
They also start out horizontal, which means that they allow fluid to sit without draining. A malfunction of the Eustachian can cause infections, imbalance, and difficulty hearing.
Infections? The most common cause of a virus is a buildup of fluid in the middle because the Eustachian won’t let that fluid drain. Then it acts like a stagnant pond that breeds bacteria. The liquid gets infected and begins to hurt, even causing fevers.
The can be treated with antibiotics, but if the fluid cannot drain because of the Help? When a has had numerous infections and rounds of antibiotics over the course of a few months or even a year, a pediatrician may send the little one to an When the child has the surgery for The will allow the child’s hearing to return to normal.
The buildup of fluid causes the child’s hearing to be muffled, much like an adult feels when she or he has a cold. If the child lives this way for too long, impaired hearing or speech can result.
The will allow the child to begin to hear again and should clear up the frequent infections the child has. The fall out on their own after six to 18 months, by which time the child’s natural should be able to control the fluids.