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    Swimmer’s Ear: Protecting Your Child From Infection

    If your child starts to complain about an itching feeling in the ear or if you start to see pus or a colored liquid oozing out of their ear, it is possible that they have a condition called Swimmer’s Ear. Get them to Pediatric Partners immediately to get this problem treated.

    What is Swimmer’s Ear?

    Medically termed as otitis externa, Swimmer’s ear is an inflammation that affects the external section of the canal of your ear. This happens when there is water in the ear that does not get drained properly, usually from a bath or during swimming.

    Causes of Swimmer’s Ear

    Swimmer’s ear is very common in children, especially as they get to their teens. This problem sometimes occurs along with another kind of infection like ear infections or respiratory problems. Unclean water is usually the most common cause of ear problems. Bacteria in the water can get into your child’s ear and get into the canal region, causing an infection. If something gets stuck in the ear or if the ear is scratched too much, it could also pick up an infection. Cleaning ears with cotton swabs and other instruments could also damage the skin inside the ear if it is done too harshly. Fungus rarely causes Swimmer’s ear.

    Symptoms of Swimmer’s Ear

    Some of the common ear infection symptoms are:

    •    An earache that keeps getting worse, especially when you pull on the outer part of the ear
    •    Loss of hearing or a ringing in ears
    •    Itching on the outer part of the ear or even on the ear canal
    •    Liquid that starts to drain from the ear which is usually a yellow, green or pus like color and often has a foul smell

    Treatment

    As soon your child starts suffering from swimmer’s ear, you should visit our office immediately. For swimmers ear treatment, ear drops are given for a course that ranges from ten to fourteen days. The antibiotics in the ear drops clear out the infection. In some cases when the problem is really bad, the doctor may ask you to use a wick that will have to be inserted into your child’s ear so that the drops can flow down right to the canal. If the infection has spread beyond the ear, the doctor may also prescribe oral antibiotics. Corticosteroids are also often prescribed in order to reduce the inflammation.

    At Pediatric Partners, we take care of your children right from when they are born until they reach adolescence. Our experienced medical professionals and disease treatment solutions ensure that you and your child will be in good hands. Call Pediatric Partners to schedule your appointment today.

  2. Ear Infections

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    HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN

    SIGNS OF HEARING LOSS IN CHILDREN

    Hearing, especially in children, is critical to speech and language development. If your child is suffering from hearing loss, in one ear or both, and the condition goes untreated, it could set him/her back developmentally for years. Children with listening difficulties that are detected early stand a better chance to thrive in spite of them.

    There are four ways in which hearing loss can affect a child’s development:

    • Communication
    • Learning
    • Social development
    • Future vocation

    SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEARING LOSS

    Definitive signs that your child may be experiencing hearing loss include:

    • Your child responds inconsistently to sound.
    • Language and speech development is delayed.
    • Speech is unclear to him/her.
    • The sound is turned up on radios, televisions, CD players and video games and remains so even after being told to turn it down.
    • Inability to follow directions.
    • The first response to anyone who speaks to your child is “Huh?”
    • Your child does not respond when called.

    EAR INFECTIONS (GENERAL)

    The major cause of potential hearing loss in children is Otitis Media, otherwise known as an ear infection. It is caused by fluid building up and causing inflammation in the middle ear, the area behind the eardrum. The fluid that builds up may or may not be infected, and the presence of infection will determine the severity of the symptoms.

    The symptoms of this condition that can cause sudden hearing loss in children will vary in the severity, frequency and length. In one extreme, an ear infection will have a single, short period of clear fluid building up without pain or fever and only a slight decrease in hearing. At other times, the fluid can be very thick and infected, and may cause permanent hearing loss.

    Other hearing loss causes include noise-induced hearing loss, which is caused by prolonged exposure to extreme decibel levels, ototoxic drug interactions that can occur with some antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications, as well as childhood diseases like measles, chicken pox and mumps. Vaccinations are imperative at every stage of a child’s life to avoid serious side effects like hearing issues. In some families, cases of sensorineural hearing loss may be genetic, so be sure to discuss your family history in detail with your pediatrician.

    WHEN IS AN EXAMINATION CALLED FOR?

    If your child loses focus on activities, is listless, irritable and is pulling or scratching at his/her ears, they may have an ear infection. If they also begin to turn up the volume on televisions and radios, or begin to speak louder than normal, then one or both of his/her ears may be blocked by fluid buildup. It is essential that they be examined immediately by your doctor. If you are concerned about your child’s sudden hearing loss, schedule an appointment with Pediatric Partners today for a comprehensive vision and hearing screening.

    SWIMMER’S EAR

    SWIMMER’S EAR IN CHILDREN

    Swimmer’s ear in children is an infection of the ear canal, the tubular canal that carries external sounds to the eardrum. Also called Otitis Externa, swimmer’s ear can be caused by several different strains of fungi or bacteria. When kids spend extended periods of time in the water, excess moisture that gets into the ear irritates and breaks down the skin in the ear canal, providing an optimum environment for fungi or bacteria to penetrate and thrive.

    WHAT ARE THE OTHER CAUSES OF SWIMMER’S EAR IN CHILDREN?

    Despite the very specific name, swimming is just one of the causes of the symptoms. Ear infections can in fact be caused by anything that causes a break in the skin of the ear canal, from scratching the area roughly to dry skin or eczema or cleaning the ear vigorously with any hard foreign object.

    Otitis Externa can also result if you have a middle ear infection and the pus that is accumulated in the middle ear drains into the canal through a hole in the ear drum.

    SYMPTOMS OF SWIMMER’S EAR

    The primary symptom is ear ache, which can be severe and gets aggravated when the outer part of the lobe is pressed on or pulled. Chewing can be difficult as it worsens the pain. The canal gets swollen and the outer ear could be red and swollen too. The lymph nodes around the ear become tender and enlarged, and there could be a clear or cloudy, yellowish discharge from the canal.

    PREVENTIVE MEASURES

    If you know your child is prone to developing ear infection, putting a few drops of alcohol or a dilute solution of over-the-counter acetic acid in the ears after swimming can reduce the risk.

    Gently dry your kid’s ears with a towel after a swim as well as after a bath and turn their head to the left, then to the right side to help the excess water run out.

    Never aggressively remove ear wax as this actually offers some amount of protection against swimmer’s ear.

    If, despite all of the above measures, the pain and infection does not subside, you should get professional medical help to prevent the symptoms from worsening. Make an appointment with us today.

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