A middle ear infection in a small child is sometimes not so easy to recognize. On the one hand, you can not see anything on the outside; on the other hand, babies and small children can generally not describe their complaints. Regardless, there are typical signs and symptoms:
An acute middle ear infection is particularly common between the ages of half and three years. By the age of 10, 4 out of 10 children get sick at least once.
Earache and fever after a previous cold are especially suspicious for a middle ear infection. The pressure on the anterior ear cartilage typically triggers a defense reaction of your child ("tragus pain").
In principle yes, the treatment and above all the protective control of a middle ear inflammation belong in the hand of the physician.
Although an acute otitis media with fever and earache is a common cause for the parents' nights sleepless, but it is not something serious in the normal case. 8 out of 10 middle ear infections heal without consequences.
A middle ear infection often leads to an acute hearing loss in the child, because the middle ear of mucus and pus is blocked. In order to avoid serious consequences or permanent hearing loss, it is important not to let this condition become chronic. Only because of the language development a longer lasting hearing loss in the child should be prevented.
No, only in exceptional cases the use of antibiotics is required for uncomplicated middle ear inflammation (otitis media acuta). Also antipyretic means are usually neither necessary nor useful for the cure.
Middle ear inflammation (otitis media) in children between the ages of 1 and 3 leads to a pelvic effusion in almost every third case, which affects the hearing. Sometimes a small surgical procedure is necessary for the treatment.
Usually not. If the eardrum is pierced by the doctor as part of otitis media (otitis media) or if a purulent breakthrough occurs, the hole usually heals itself well.
Yes, in principle your child may swim after surviving (!) Otitis media even if it has an inserted tympanic tube in the eardrum.
In your toddler, you recognize earache on the defense when pressure on the anterior ear cartilage. This reaction is called tragus pain.
40% of all children develop at least once of a otitis media (otitis media) up to the age of ten. It is the second most common illness after the cold and the most frequent reason for a doctor's visit.