Otitis Media is basically an infection in the air-filled space behind the ear drum. This is a painful condition that presents symptoms such as excessive crying, irritation, sleeplessness, ear and head pain, fluid drainage from the ear, diarrhoea, vomiting, lack of balance and temporary hearing loss. The condition is more common in children aged 6 months to 3 years.
HOW IS OTITIS MEDIA DIAGNOSED?
Physical examination of the ear by otoscope to look for redness, swelling ,blood,pus,air bubbles,fluid in the middle earor perforation of the eardrum.Tympanometry test to measure the air pressure in ear to determine whether the eardrum is ruptured.Reflectometry test to determine whether there’s fluid in the ear by listening to the sound reflected back from their ear.
HOW IS OTITIS MEDIA TREATED?
Application of a warm, moist washcloth over the infected ear
Ear drops for pain relief
Pain relievers such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen
Surgery to allow air and fluid to drain from the middle ear
DID YOU KNOW?
Genetics can also play a role in increasing a child’s risk of getting Otitis Media.