Young children are more susceptible to ear inflammation due to the fact that the structure of the child's ear is different from that of an adult. Ear diseases are fraught with serious complications, therefore, timely diagnosis of this condition is necessary.
Ear diseases are most often susceptible to young children due to imperfections in the structure of their hearing aids. The auditory tube in children under 3-4 years old is short and wide, which contributes to the rapid penetration of fluid and microbes into the middle ear and, as a result, inflammation develops. Otitis media (ear inflammation) in a child develops rapidly and, if untreated, causes serious complications, including hearing loss. The symptoms below should alert you.
The child is worried about eating or refuses to eat at all. The fact is that with a sore ear, chewing movements cause severe pain, so do not force feed the baby.
Keep a close eye on your toddler who has a cold. If a child has recently had a respiratory illness, then he can develop otitis media as a complication quite easily. A single hit of mucus from the nasopharynx into the ear canal is enough.
Watch your child. Sometimes the child pulls at the sore ear, lies on the sore side, so the pain subsides a little. Ear pain causes a lot of discomfort to the child, so he may be moody and cry.
Measure the baby's temperature. With otitis media, it is most often increased, and it can reach 39 degrees Celsius and above.
Click on the child's ear tragus. With otitis media, she will scream and cry or become very worried. The tragus is the tubercle of the ear that opens the external auditory canal. This way you can determine which ear the baby has.
Call your doctor even if ear pain is suspected. Timely treatment will help avoid complications.