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11 Medical Professionals Ear Infections in Children And The Role of Ear Tubes Children are prone to issues involving the ears. Babies and young children in particular are prone to getting recurrent ear infections. Babies and young children are more prone to ear infections due to their immature immune systems and the anatomy of their ears. There is a tube called the eustachian tube that drains fluid from the ear into the nose. In babies and children, the eustachian tube does not drain well due to its position and extremely small size. Additional risk factors for ear infection include bottle feeding, secondhand smoke, and daycare attendance. Ear infections can be caused by both bacteria and viruses. If you suspect your child has an ear infection, it is best to take your child to your pediatrician or other qualified medical personnel for assessment and treatment. Many children with recurrent ear infections get better without intervention. However, some children continue to have a buildup of fluid in their ears that does not resolve. Persistent fluid in the ears can result in a hearing loss. Hearing loss in a young child can affect speech development. Persistent fluid in the ears has also been linked to balance issues, poor school performance, and ear discomfort. If your child continues to get recurrent infections, it may be time to see an otolaryngologist. Commonly known as ENT doctors, otolaryngologists are specialists in the treatment of ears and ear infections. At your initial visit, a history will be obtained and your child will be examined. Depending on the findings of the exam, your

child may be referred for a hearing test. Additional testing such as x-rays may also be ordered. After a thorough consideration of all the information, you and your otolaryngologist will discuss if your child will benefit from ear tubes. Ear tube placement is the most frequently performed surgical procedure in the United States, approaching 670,000 cases per year. The procedure can improve the quality of life in children with recurrent ear infections and improve hearing in children with fluid in the ears. Ear tubes are extremely tiny (about 1/20th of an inch). They are placed in the operating room with the assistance of an operating microscope. Ear tubes are known by other names, including PE tubes, ventilating tubes, pressure equalizing tubes, and grommets. Once in place, they usually last 6-18 months. They are designed to fall out on their own. Children with tubes can swim and bathe like before tube placement. After tube placement, a follow-up hearing test will be obtained. You will continue to see the otolaryngologist until the tubes have fallen out and your child is no longer getting ear infections.

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