In Serous Otitis Media, there is a fluid accommodation in the middle ear space. Usually this fluid is non-infected. The problem happens mostly in children post a cold, cough or even flu, which leads to severe inflammation and damage to the ear canal and excessive pressure. The child would constantly be tugging their ears, have hearing problems and also some sharp pain in the region. It can lead to loss of balance and delayed speech in infants.
HOW IS SEROUS OTITIS MEDIA DIAGNOSED?
If your ENT suspects Serous Otitis Media in the child, he/ she would use an otoscope to check the same and also conduct a hearing test.
HOW IS SEROUS OTITIS MEDIA TREATED?
Treatment of Serous Otitis Media depends on the severity and how it has affected the child. In most cases Serous Otitis Media resolves by itself within 2-4 weeks, you only need to observe the child. If Serous Otitis Media is due to an infection, then antibiotics may be needed. If the fluid is affecting speech and hearing then surgical draining of the fluid may be needed.