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Ear Infections (Otitis Media) in Children Acute Otitis Media. Acute otitis media is an infection in the middle ear that causes an inflammation behind the tympanic membrane. Often it develops a few days after a cold or a flu. Middle ear infections are extremely common in children but are infrequent in adults. In children, ear infections often recur, particularly if they first develop in early infancy.
How Are Ear Infections In Children Diagnosed? If the child complains of pain or has other symptoms of otitis media, the physician should be sure to ask the parent for a history of any recent respiratory infections, dental problems, such as teething, and any other factors that might be causing ear pain.
Middle Ear Disease and Allergy This Site presents the evidence that allergy causes persistent middle ear fluid in a child (or adult) and that chronic otitis media is the result of allergy and not infection. It is designed to tell parents and physicians how they can learn if allergy is responsible for their child's ear disease - and what to do about it.
Middle Ear Fluid in Young Children The ear has three parts -- the outer ear, the middle ear, and the inner ear. The outer ear includes the part outside the head and the ear canal. The eardrum is a small circle of tissue about the size of a fingertip at the end of the ear canal. The middle ear is the space, usually filled with air, behind the eardrum. When a child has middle ear fluid, this is where it is found. A small tube -- the eustachian tube -- connects the middle ear to the back of the nose.
Otitis Media Fact Sheet Otitis media is an infection or inflammation of the middle ear. This inflammation often begins when infections that cause sore throats, colds, or other respiratory or breathing problems spread to the middle ear. Seventy-five percent of children experience at least one episode of otitis media by their third birthday
Otitis Media with Effusion - from the AAFP Otitis media with effusion is an ear infection with fluid in the middle (inner) ear. (Effusion is another word for fluid.) This fluid usually doesn't bother children. It almost always goes away on its own. So, this kind of ear infection doesn't have to be treated with antibiotics, unless the fluid doesn't go away.