Ear infections in children are quite common and painful. They seem to occur over and over, particularly in every child. According to a research, ear infections are the second most common childhood illness worldwide. Also, known as “otitis media” these infections are caused when the fluid behind the eardrum fails to drain, and thereby trap viruses and bacteria. Most kids will have at least once have an ear infection before turning three years old.
However, chronic ear infections can be quite dangerous and lead to complete hearing loss, and oftentimes in severe cases, completely damage the tiny ear bones and even cause swelling near the brain. A chronic ear infection does not heal.
SYMPTOMS OF CHRONIC EAR INFECTIONS IN CHILDREN
A chronic ear infection is an ear infection that does not heal and can cause bland symptoms than an acute ear infection. The symptoms of chronic infections may affect one or both ears and oftentimes may be constant or go and come. Below listed are the few symptoms of a chronic ear infection.
- Mild ear pain
- A headache
- Low fever
- Sleeping troubles
- Hearing loss
- Fluid draining from both the ears
- Heavy feeling in the ear
A child with a chronic ear infection may face problems, especially when lying down or sleeping, as this puts pressure or load on his/her ear. There will be a noticeable change in the eating and sleeping habits of an infant with an ear infection. Hugging or pulling on the ear also indicates a sign of chronic infection in children.
WHEN TO SEE THE DOCTOR
If you notice any symptoms of an acute ear infection in your infant, like mild ear pain, hearing loss, trouble sleeping, then you should visit Dr. Paul Drago Greenville, SC. Dr. Paul Drago is an ENT specialist presently serving in the department of correction in SC as an Otolaryngology Consultant and Medical Director.
If your child shows the symptoms of a recurring ear infection, then you should definitely consider visiting Dr. Paul Drago for comprehensive ear medical and surgical care.
CONSEQUENCES OF UNTREATED SYMPTOMS OF A CHRONIC EAR INFECTION
A chronic ear infection can lead to several consequences if left untreated. Below listed are some of the possible complications:
- Facial paralysis
- Inflammation in or around the brain area
- Cyst in the middle ear
- Damage to the middle ear bones
- Complete hearing loss
- Damage in the ear’s balance function
- Infection in the ear bones
REQUEST AN APPOINTMENT
If your child cannot find any relief from his or her ear pain, don’t wait more to visit Dr.Paul Drago Greenville, to get the right treatment. The only motive of Dr.Paul is to offer help and support to his parents with overall healthcare advice.
If you believe your child has a medical emergency, schedule an appointment by contacting us right away!