Ear infections are common among young children, usually affecting those between 6 months and 2 years old. When a child frequently suffers from ear infections, or when the infections continue to occur as the child ages, it may be time to seek further treatment.
“An ear infection occurs when bacteria or a virus enters the middle ear,” says Adam S. Morgan, MD, otolaryngologist at Saint Francis Medical Center. “The infection may cause fluid or pus to build up, which increases pressure and may lead to pain and a temporary decrease in hearing. This decrease in hearing can create language delays for young children.”
Children who have multiple infections may benefit from having tubes placed in their ears. The tubes drain fluid, normalize pressure and prevent future infections. The tubes remain in place for about six to 18 months and will eventually fall out on their own.
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