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An earache is a common medical condition affecting children of all ages. It occurs when a blockage in the middle ear canal doesn’t allow the fluid of the ear to drain properly. The built-up fluid eventually causes an infection.
Blockages of the ear canal may result from colds, allergies, and other infections. Enlarged adenoids may also contribute to a blocked ear canal.
In children who spend a lot of time in the pool, an infection of the outer ear, known as swimmer’s ear, can be a common occurrence. Water gets trapped in the ear, causing pain.
The most common symptom of an ear infection is pain. Children who are too young to tell you they have ear pain may appear restless or irritable, not acting like they normally do. They may also frequently touch their ears or show signs of impaired hearing.
If properly treated, ear infections generally clear up within a week. If ear infections become more frequent or last longer, even with treatment, they can lead to hearing loss.
This loss is often only temporary, but the longer it lasts, the more chance it can have a negative impact on your child’s ability to speak or learn language skills.
If Dr. Rubinstein determines the ear infection is the result of bacteria, he can provide prescription ear drops that contain antibiotics. Over-the-counter pain relievers may also relieve some of the discomfort.
If your child experiences chronic ear infections, Dr. Rubinstein may recommend surgical intervention, such as placing small tubes in your child’s ears to help fluid drain more efficiently and prevent future ear infections.
When chronic ear infections are the result of enlarged adenoids, Dr. Rubinstein may suggest adenoid removal surgery. This surgery may be necessary with or without the placement of the ear drainage tubes.
If earaches are the result of swimmer’s ear, Dr. Rubinstein may recommend prescription ear drops to clear the infection. He may suggest that your child wear protective earplugs while swimming and bathing to prevent water from becoming trapped.
To learn more about treating painful earaches, schedule an appointment online or by phone.
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