Middle Ear Infections: Frequently Asked QuestionsThursday, April 19, 2012 - 15:03
Here are some frequently asked questions related to middle ear infection.
Q: Why is my child prone to middle ear infections?
A: The middle ear is filled with air that travels through the
Q: Will antibiotics clear up my child's ear infection?
A: Approximately 30 to 50 percent of ear infections are caused byviruses. In this case, antibiotics are useless, and the infection must clear on its own. Infections caused by
Q: What will happen if my child has many ear infections?
A: In the vast majority of cases, ear infections cause no permanent harm. In some children, fluid remains in the ear for months, which can impair hearing and speech development. Other serious complications may require surgery.
Q: Are there risks involved in having tubes inserted?
A: Sometimes, placement of ear tubes is the most effective treatment for ear infections and
Q: Is it dangerous if my child's eardrum ruptures because of an ear infection?
A: A ruptured eardrum almost always will heal in its own. In rare cases, if it does not, surgery may be performed to close up the hole in the eardrum. A ruptured eardrum can be painful - but for many children, it actually relieves the pain caused by a middle ear infection. That's because the fluid that built up behind the eardrum, which caused the pain, is released through the hole.