If your baby keeps getting ear infections, this is not only frustrating for you but very painful for them. It can be hard to determine why they keep getting the infections, which can be even more frustrating. To help you and your baby feel better, below are common reasons that can cause ear infections and the best type of treatment.
Causes of Ear Infections
The middle ear produces fluids and these fluids drain through a eustachian tube and then through the back of your baby's throat. If the fluid does not drain the fluid will build up in the ear. Once this happens, viruses or bacteria start to grow, which leads to an infection.
The problem with children is that their eustachian tubes at a different angle when compared to the tubes in adults. Because of this, the fluid has a hard time to drain from their ear.
Another thing that can cause infections is smoke. If you are a smoker and you smoke around your baby, they will breathe in second-hand smoke. This irritates the eustachian tube. Once this happens, the ear can easily become infected.
If your baby catches a cold, this can also cause ear infections. This is because the mucus blocks the eustachian tubes and this allows germs to start growing. This leads to an infection in the ear.
Ear Infections Treatment
Your baby's pediatrician will prescribe antibiotics to your baby if they determine they have an ear infection. If the infection keeps coming back, however, the pediatrician will likely suggest you take your baby to an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) doctor.
The ENT doctor will look at your child's ears to see if there is any fluid built up. If there is fluid, the doctor will drain it.
Because the ENT doctor found fluid, they will suggest putting tubes in your baby's ears. These tubes make the eustachian tubes in your baby's ears longer and at the right angle. Your baby will be put to sleep while the tubes are inserted.
Over time, the tubes will fall out on their own. You may not see them as the tubes are very small. Once they fall out your baby may not get ear infections all the time. If they do, however, the ENT doctor will suggest they put tubes in their ears again.
Talk to an ear nose throat doctor if you have questions. They can give you a lot more details.