One advantage is that the app is more accurate than an otoscope. The probability that our app will detect correctly if there is fluid in your child’s ear is 85%, which is comparable to specialist tools. But the difference is you can use our app in the comfort of your home.
That time you had to pin down your crankypants kid every day for a week to give them antibiotics for an ear infection? One-time ear drops could some day end that drama.
With ear infections being the most common reason for a child to visit a doctor, ear tube surgery is the most common surgery performed in children.
Parents of young, otherwise healthy children fear them like the plague: ear infections.
The infections can lead to the most-common surgery done with anesthesia in young children. Some 667,000 children every year, the majority of whom are under 5 years of age, have ear tubes inserted.
The new study “opens up quite a rich system to study brain plasticity,” Hensch says. Researchers still don’t yet know how long each of the critical rewiring periods last in rats or, assuming the system is similar in humans, in people. Also unclear is exactly what effect the brain rewiring would have on hearing in people.
The easiest way to tell if your baby has an ear infection (also known as acute otitis media) or any other illness, for that matter is a change in his mood.
“Most of the unnecessary and inappropriate antibiotic use associated with treating ‘ear infections’ comes from treating conditions that are thought to be acute otitis media but actually are either O.M.E. or some other illness without ear disease, such as a viral upper respiratory tract infection,” Dr. Paradise explained.
Researchers looking into whether a shorter course of antibiotics would treat young children's ear infections as well as a longer course found that not only was the shorter treatment less effective but it didn't reduce antibiotic resistance or side effects.
A new study from the University of Texas has some good news for infants and their parents: ear infections in babies are on the decline.
Ear infections are a rite of childhood, affecting more than three-quarters of kids before the age of 5. They're also one of the most common reasons for visits to pediatricians, as parents seek relief for their crying, fussy young ones. But doctors and parents are deeply divided about how to treat them.
There’s another factor that is probably contributing to the decline in ear infections, and it has to do with tightening the definition of what we call a true otitis media, and even beyond that, what we treat.
Ear infections (or, what we like to call “acute otitis media”) are one of the staple diagnoses of pediatrics. Most kids have at least one before their 3rd birthday. And most pediatricians see at least one every day by 11. You would think we would always get it right. But I have a confession–we don’t. In fact, children are misdiagnosed and over-treated at an alarming rate.
There are three main types of ear infections. Each has a different combination of symptoms...
Because ear infections often clear up on their own, treatment often begins with managing pain and monitoring the problem. Ear infection in infants and severe cases in general require antibiotic medications. Long-term problems related to ear infections – persistent fluids in the middle ear, persistent infections or frequent infections – can cause hearing problems and other serious complications.
Ear infections are the most common illnesses in babies and young children. Most often, the infection affects the middle ear and is called otitis media.
Here's how to recognize the signs of an ear infection. Learn about treatment and risk of repeated infections. Plus: Everything you ever wanted to know about ear tubes.