Ear infections are also termed as glue ears in medical terms – a condition that is more common amongst small children. This specially afflicts the middle ears which get blocked and face inflammation due to a buildup of fluid in the internal cavities of the ears. The symptoms include hearing difficulties, lack of appetite, headaches, crying, sleeping difficulties and pain in the ears.
HOW IS GLUE EAR DIAGNOSED?
To diagnose glue ear, the pediatrician will ask questions about the child's health and examine the child's ears as below:
• An instrument called an otoscope to look at the child's ear canal and ear drum.
HOW IS GLUE EAR TREATED?
Treatment for glue ear isn't usually given during the first three months after diagnosis, because over half of all cases resolve within three months, and there's no medication that shortens the length of time the symptoms last. Medications such as antihistamines, decongestants and antibiotics have been tested for treating glue ear. Other treatments include:
• Hearing aids
DID YOU KNOW?
There are a number of complications the child may develop as a result of having glue ear or surgery to treat the condition. Many of these problems can either be treated or they improve quickly on their own. The other complication may include:
• Delayed speech and language development
• Ear infection
• Thickening of the eardrum
• Perforated eardrum