Many mothers often believe that only small children under three years of age can have earaches quite often. It turns out that when the children grow up, then the disease will pass. But the opinion of experts does not always speak about this. Indeed, young children suffer from ear pain much more often than adults. This can be explained by the fact that the auditory tube in young children between the middle ear and nasopharynx is shorter and wider than in adults, so the infection easily enters the ears. Therefore, babies get otitis media more often. That is, the cause of ear pain is colds and adenoids.
A runny nose is a constant enemy of the ears. If you treat the ears, but do not treat the runny nose properly, then the ears will continue to hurt. You can not think that a runny nose will pass by itself. When the child gets better, the runny nose remains, and the infection is near the ears. Ear pain in a child is not always immediately detectable, because the baby, especially if he still cannot speak, is not able to explain to his parents what is bothering him and point out the source of the pain. If there is a suspicion that the child is worried about pain in the ear, then it must be urgently shown to the doctor.
Ear pain is a common symptom that can bother both children and adults. It can be caused by the following reasons:
- inflammatory diseases of the ears (otitis) and neighboring organs;
- damage to the nervous system and auditory nerve;
- pathology of neighboring organs (neck, ENT organs, blood vessels, brain, etc.);
- tumor processes.
Ear pain in children is a fairly common complaint at a pediatrician’s appointment. More often, ear pain in a child is due to the following reasons:
- Otitis (inflammatory diseases of the ears). Undeveloped immunity and anatomical features of the auricle and external auditory canal increase the likelihood of developing otitis media in childhood.
- Often, otitis media occurs as a complication of an acute respiratory infection, causing severe ear pain in a child.
- Angina (inflammation of the palatine tonsils) is another disease that can often lead to ear pain in a child.
More often than in adults, children have foreign bodies in the external auditory canal.
- Eustachitis. The auditory tube in a child is wider and shorter than in an adult, so pathogens penetrate it much more easily.
- Epidemic parotitis (mumps). Pathology, predominantly occurring in childhood. After suffering epidemic parotitis, a strong immunity develops – the disease never recurs a second time.
- Toothache, more often when the baby is teething. At the same time, general anxiety, sleep disturbance, appetite, rise in body temperature are noted.
What causes otitis?
The cause of otitis media can be adenoids and their inflammation; colds; sinusitis and disease of the paranasal sinuses; indiscriminate use of antibiotics; decreased immunity; allergy; strong cooling of the body.
How not to become a chronicle?
Cure otitis from the very beginning to the end. Then, for two months, make sure that your baby does not become cold and does not get sick with a new infection. Heavy physical exertion should be avoided. If otitis media passed with manure, then the hole through which the manure flowed may not close. Therefore, make sure that the child does not dive and swim in the pool, river, sea all year round.
A few notes to parents:
- A child should not go without a hat in autumn and spring when it is cold. Then there will be a cold, because there are many reflexogenic zones on the head. With a cold, a runny nose will occur and the ears will ache.
- Do not open the window in the car when you are sitting in the front and the child is in the back. The wind blows directly into the ears of the baby.
- The child should not swim, dive after otitis media. This will lead to recurrence.
- If a child is sick, do not transport him from country to country, even if it is very warm where you are going. This will worsen the patient’s condition due to sudden changes in temperature. The disease can aggravate.
- While waiting to see a specialist, take pain medication. To do this, you can use Droplex ear drops. DROPLEX will provide an anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect. Any drops must be properly instilled in order for them to give an effect.
First, the temperature of the medicine must match the temperature of the body. To warm the solution to the desired temperature, put the bottle of drops in a mug of warm water or hold it in your hands for a while.
Secondly, the drops must fall on the eardrum. To do this, lying on your side, turning your head in the right direction, carefully pull the auricle of the adult up and back, and the child down and back.
- It should be remembered that the correct and effective treatment of the causes of ear pain can only be carried out by a professional doctor. Therefore, after first aid has been provided, you should seek help from a medical institution as soon as possible! Only a doctor can prescribe the right treatment.