This is an extremely painful ear infection that can be found in children. It also leads to inflammation. The main symptoms of this condition include incessant crying, irritation, sleep deprivation, a pulling sensation on the ears, headaches, pain in the neck area, a feeling of fluid fullness in the ear, and fluid drainage from the ear as well.
HOW IS OTITIS MEDIA DIAGNOSED?
The doctor will ask questions of previous ear infections in the past and ask to describe the current symptoms. They will use an otoscope to look inside the ear. The doctor may also do other tests:
• Tympanometry, which uses a small handheld instrument to measure changes in air pressure in the ear. It can indicate if the eardrum is ruptured
• Reflectometry, in which a doctor places a small instrument near the ear that makes a sound. That allows the doctor to see if fluid is present behind the eardrum.
• A hearing test if your child has had persistent ear infections.
HOW IS OTITIS MEDIA TREATED?
The majority of AOM infections resolve without antibiotic treatment. Home treatment and pain medications are usually recommended before antibiotics. Surgery may be needed to drain the fluid if the medications are not effective.
DID YOU KNOW?
Genetics can also play a role in increasing a child’s risk of getting Otitis Media.