Fluid in the middle ear accumulates when the eustachian tube becomes obstructed. This can occur following a viral or bacterial infection and is especially common in children.
The fluid buildup presses on the eardrum, causing pain and leading to infection. Children enrolled in daycare, especially if there are a lot of kids, are frequently exposed to germs, making them more susceptible to ear infections.
Look for signs such as inconsolable crying, irritability, sleeping difficulty, lack of appetite, fever, dizziness, vomiting, diarrhea, and fluid discharge from the affected ear.
Our physicians will check your child’s ears for signs of infection. If the cause is bacterial, we’ll treat with antibiotics. If it’s viral in nature, we may decide to wait for the infection to run its course, treating pain with over-the-counter medications or ear drops. If your child is plagued by recurrent ear infections, ear tubes might be recommended to provide an easy way for fluid to drain from the ears.