Health Interview: Kids & Ear Infections


I HAVE ONLY HEARD THE STORIES BUT DO YOU KNOW HOW PAINFUL EAR INFECTIONS CAN BE? IT’S ONE OF THE MOST COMMON REASONS PARENTS BRING KIDS INTO THE DOCTOR. WE ASKED OUR PEDIATRICIAN FROM CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL IN MINNESOTA TO SHARE SOME ADVICE WITH US THIS MORNING. GOOD MORNING. GOOD MORNING. THANKS FOR HAVING ME AGAIN. THIS IS THE WORST FOR PARENTS. YOU CAN SEE THE PAIN ON THE KID’S FACE. ABSOLUTELY. IS THERE ANYTHING YOU CAN DO TO PREVENT IT? YES. LOTS OF GREAT THINGS. FIRST, LOTS OF REALLY GOOD HAND WASHING. MOST OF THE TIME IT STARTS WITH ACQUIRING AN ILLNESS FIRST. SECOND WOULD BE MAY VOIDING CIGARETTE SMOKE. CIGARETTE SMOKE. THIS CAUSES INFLAMMATION IN THE MEW CASS MEMBRANES THAT WILL LEAD TO TRAPPING OF MUCUS AND BE THE SETUP FOR AN EAR INFECTION. THE THIRD IS MAKING SURE YOU BREAST NEED YOUR BABIES. THAT GREAT IMMUNITY CAN PREVENT INFECTIONINGS. THE FOURTH IS GETTING IMMUNIZATIONS. YOU HEAR THESE FROM NEW PARENTS AND WE WERE TALKING TO MATT BRICKMAN A LITTLE WHILE AGO. HIS BABY WAS EXPERIENCING THIS. WHAT IF YOU HAVE THE EAR INFECTION THAT KEEPS COMING BACK? THERE’S STRICT CRITERIA ON HOW MANY EAR INFECTIONS ARE TOO MANY. WE EXPECT THEM TO HAVE A FEW HERE AND THERE. THERE ARE COLDS AND THEY PUT THEIR HANDS IN THEIR MOUTH. THIS IS THE MIDDLE EAR? BEHIND THE HERE DRUM, BUT WHEN YOU’RE SEEING EAR INFECTIONS THAT ARE THREE AND SIX MONTHS, FOUR AND SIX MONTHS OR FLUID THAT PERSISTS, THEN THE NEXT STEP SHOULD BE CONSIDERED. WOULD THAT BE THE TUBES IN THE HERES OOSH EARS — EARS. YES, TALK TO THE DOCTOR ABOUT WHETHER EAR TUBES COULD HELP TREAT IT. HOW LONG DO INFANTS HAVE TO KEEP THOSE IN? MOST OF THE EAR TUBES CAN LAST BETWEEN SIX MONTHS AND 18 MONTHS, JUST LONG ENOUGH FOR THEM TO GET OVER THEIR FREQUENT ILLNESSES. I THINK THERE CAN BE SOME WORRY WHEN YOU HAVE A BABY THAT KEEPS COMING BACK. I KNOW I WAS ONE OF THEM. ARE THERE ANY LONG TERM EFFECTS THAT CAN COME FROM THIS? THE REASON WE GET EXCITED ABOUT IT IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE PAIN, FEVER OR HEARTACHE. IT’S ABOUT MAKING SURE WE PRESERVE KID’S HEARING AND MAKING SURE THEY’RE HEARING WELL ENOUGH TO LEARN AND LAYDOWN LANGUAGE AT AN IMPORTANT AGE. WHEN YOU SEE THE SIGNS, IT’S THE FEVER AND THE CRYING. SOMETIMES KIDS WILL DISPLAY THINGS WHEN THEY’RE LAYING BACK OR RECLINING. THEN THEY HAVE A LOT OF PAIN ALSO OR DESIST SWALLOWING OR THINGS LIKE THAT.

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