Pediatric visits are most often related to ear infections than any other medical condition. Otitis media (middle ear infection) involves the middle ear (eardrum, tympanic cavity, ossicles, malleus (hammer), incus and the stapes) and just happens to be the most common ear infection in children.
Child Ear Pain
Ear pain in toddlers is most often linked to otitis media, which is caused by a buildup of endolymph and perilymph fluids inside of the middle ear. The Eustachian tubes connects the middle ear to the posterior portion of the nasal cavity. Otitis media often follows a bout of rhinitis (common cold), sinusitis, or upper respiratory infection.
The Eustachian tubes will become clogged due to inflammation, edema, enlarged adenoids, pus, serosanguineous (yellowish/bloody fluid), or mucus, saliva, air bubbles. When this occurs the endolymph and perilymph fluids, along with pressure will buildup in the middle ear and behind the eardrum and cause otitis media.
Relieving Ear Pain
The main reason why infants are more prone to ear infections is because their ear anatomy and their small Eustachian tubes. Otitis media will is classified in two categories acute and chronic. Acute otitis media will only last for a short stint of time, while chronic otitis media will last over a longer period of time, with frequent reoccurring developments of ear infections.
- NSAIDS (Ibuprofen) for inflammation
- Over the counter analgesics (Tylenol) for pain
- Warm compresses or water bottle
If your child begins to exhibit a troublesome fever, you should follow up with your pediatrician.
- younger than 3 months (100.4 F)
- 3-6 months (102 F)
- 6-24 months (higher than 102 F)
This may be sign of a more serious underlying condition.
OTC Ear Drops
Hyland’s Baby Infant earache drops is a homeopathic blend of natural ingredients. This product is capable of alleviating pain, inflammation, and burning sensation inside of them ear.
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