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Parents should watch for signs of otitis media in children
For parents, it usually sounds dramatic when their child is diagnosed with otitis media. But in most cases, the disease heals without complications. Nevertheless, the offspring should be closely monitored to prevent possible hearing problems.
One of the most common diseases in young children
Many children develop acute otitis media (acute otitis media) at least once by the age of three. This is usually accompanied by complaints such as severe ear pain, fever, vomiting and hearing loss. However, toddlers often cannot yet assign pain. Parents should therefore watch their offspring closely.
If the head is shaken frequently, parents should think of otitis media
As reported by the Institute for Economic Efficiency and Quality in Health Care (IQWiG) on its patient information portal, it may well be that the offspring complains of abdominal pain, even if it actually hurts their ears. And even if toddlers rub their ears or shake their head more often, parents should think of otitis media.
Most of the time, a sick child can hardly hear. In addition, sick children are generally more restless, scream more, have little appetite and sleep poorly. "In acute otitis media, waking up at night and screaming is very common, because the earache hardly lets the little ones sleep," the experts write on their portal.
Inflammation usually heals quickly
Usually, otitis media heals on its own within two to three days. Pain-relieving, antipyretic treatment and a lot of care are usually enough. Onion sachets and other home remedies for otitis media can also help with the relief.
Health experts are usually advised to treat otitis media quickly. If nothing happens, there is a risk of hearing loss in the worst case.
Recently, US researchers reported a new antibiotic gel that could make better treatment for otitis media possible in the future.
Complications and complications are rare
"Complications and complications after acute otitis media are very rare," reports the IQWiG. "Nevertheless, it is important to carefully monitor the symptoms and hearing of a sick child and treat them appropriately if necessary."
Although otitis media can usually not be prevented, the risk can be somewhat reduced by taking individual measures. According to the experts, children should be given a pacifier less often and let them grow up in a smoke-free environment.
Because it has long been known that passive smoking leads to more frequent middle ear infections, since the smoke increases the risk of infections in the area of the respiratory tract and nasopharynx and weakens the child's immune system. (ad)