Excellent guide to spot ear infections
“Doctor, I think my baby has an ear infection!” I hear this every day in my practice, and because ear infections are such a common cause of sleepless nights and missed work (not to mention just downright painful!), I spend a lot of time explaining what can be done to prevent them. Now, if you came to see me in my office (and you’re always welcome to), here’s how I would answer your questions.
Let’s venture inside the middle ear to see how germs and tiny ears make such frequent contact. A canal called the eustachian tube connects the middle ear to the back of the throat and helps to equalize pressure. But the throat, along with the nose, serves as a moist breeding ground for bacteria. Because a baby’s eustachian tube is short, wide and horizontal, throat and nose secretionsand any germs they may be harboring travel more easily through it. Any fluid trapped in a cavity (such as the middle ear) acts as a medium for germs to grow, hence the frequent ear infections we see in many young children.
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