Ear Infections in Children

Ear Specialist Prof. Havas

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Ear Infection in Children

Ear infection in childhood is very common. It is reported that the average Australian gets 2.5 ear infections every year in the first five years of life. In children under the age of two, outer ear infections are less common than middle ear infections. In children over the age of five, outer ear infections are more common than middle ear infections.

Outer ear infections are usually caused by water or secretion pooling in the ear canal, incubation of commensal or introduced organisms, which get the lining of the ear canal skin usually by way of a scratch or micro laceration. The major symptoms are pain, blockage, discharge or reduced hearing.

Appropriate treatment for outer ear infections involves cleaning the ear canal, inspecting the eardrum to make sure that the eardrum is intact, and then using appropriate antibiotic eardrops.

The Anatomy of Ear

Middle ear infections usually follow a viral upper respiratory tract infection and the majority of them are in the first instance viral.

A significant proportion of these, if they do not resolve rapidly, may go on to a secondary bacterial middle ear infection (otitis media). These children usually experience severe pain in one ear, a temperature, and the appearance of the eardrum is abnormal. It is red, inflamed and often bulging. The use of oral antibiotics in simple (uncomplicated) otitis media is controversial. There is no evidence that they reduce;

  • The rate at which the ear infection gets better.
  • The chance of perforating the eardrum.

There is some evidence that they reduce the pain and perhaps may reduce the chance of getting a complication of otitis media, but the rate of complications associated with acute bacterial otitis media is so low that this has never been shown.

Appropriate first line treatment for bacterial otitis media is pain relief and appropriate supportive measures.

Often if the eardrum bursts there is a hemopurulent from the ear associated with rapid improvement in symptoms.

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