Ear Tubes Could Be Essential to Your Child’s Health
What Causes Ear Infections?
An ear infection is caused by bacteria in the middle ear. This is commonly caused by colds, flu or allergies. This causes congestion and swelling and blockage in the nasal passages throat and eustachian tubes. This leads to bacterial fluid buildup behind the eardrum. The ear drum will need to be drained to reduce inflammation and get rid of the infection. Draining the fluid, also helps with the relief of pain and pressure. Unfortunately, children are much more likely to get ear infections than adults.
Ear infections are a frustrating symptom to deal with. There are many alternatives and cures ranging from ear drops to antibiotics. But for children who experience frequent ear infections, a more effective treatment is ear tubes for kids.
What are the Symptoms of a child with an Ear Infection?
- Fluid Coming from the ear
- Difficulty sleeping
- Fussiness and crying more than normal. Especially when lying down or taking a bottle.
- Clumsiness or trouble with balance
- Tugging at ear
What Are Ear Tubes?
Ear tubes are tiny cylinders made from plastic or metal that are surgically put into the eardrum. This creates an airway that ventilates the middle ear and prevents the fluid buildup behind the ear drum.
Ear tubes are surgically inserted by an Otolaryngologist (ENT doctor), using anesthesia. The ear tube prevents the collection of bacterial fluid, by creating a hole in the middle of the ear that provides an air passage and allows the fluid to pass through. Ear tubes for kids are usually recommended because their eustachian tubes are much smaller and that causes them to clog easily more frequently. Ear tubes can seriously change the quality of life for children prone to ear infections.
Ear Tube Procedure and Recovery Process
There are a variety of different options of ear tubes styles. Designers have created plastic, metal, and slowly dissolving tubes. The style has no effect on the purpose that the tube is there for. These tubes can also help kids with hearing loss and speech delay. The procedure generally only takes 15 minutes.
The surgeon makes a quick incision, removes any accumulated fluid, then inserts the ear tubes. The healing process is usually short, with minimal discomfort. As an outpatient surgery, after about 2 hours your child can resume their regular routine.
What Are the Benefits of Ear Tubes?
There are plenty of benefits for this minor surgery. The tube is a convenient option, so you will no longer have to worry about your child having an allergic reaction to a prescription or other issues with antibiotics. This can also prevent long-term hearing problems in the future for your child. The tubes can last from a few months to a few years, depending on what type of ear tube is chosen. This preventative measure is one of the most effective methods to keep our kids healthy without having to invest as much into prescriptions while worrying less about side effects.
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