Ear Infection

Affan sedang sakit sekarang. Kata dokter dia kena ear infection. Huhu.. sedihnya. Emang dari jumat lalu Affan mulai ngga bersemangat, kena pilek juga karena winter yang dingin. Weekend juga sama, mulai kena fever, maunya digendong sebentar. Bunda ngga berfikir Affan ampe kena ear infection sih, tapi memang sebenarnya anak2 rentan banget kena ear infection apalagi kalo seblumnya kena flu/cold/pilek dsb. Sama dokter dikasi Cephalexin, antibiotik untuk mengatasi infeksi. Cepet sembuh ya Affan!

Info tentang Ear Infection dari Better Health Channel:

The symptoms
Four out of five children will get a middle ear infection at least once. Some of the symptoms of middle ear infection include:

  • Earache
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Discharge from the ear
  • Mild deafness
  • Difficulties in sleeping
  • Loss of appetite.

Hearing loss
Sound doesn’t travel well through fluid, so a child with an ear infection may have hearing difficulties. To them, normal speech will sound like a whisper. This only lasts as long as the infection, with no link to any permanent hearing loss. However, constant middle ear infections might delay a young child’s speech development simply because they can’t hear very well.

Common after a cold
Middle ear infections are caused by either bacteria or viruses and can be triggered by a cold. Babies and young children are more likely to develop middle ear infections because they are still building up their immunity. Once a child reaches the age of around six, infections are less common because the tube connecting the nose to the ear, called the eustachian tube, is mature.

Some precautions
You can reduce the risk by:

  • Limiting day care – exposure to other children increases a baby’s odds of catching a cold
  • Breastfeeding – offers better immunity than bottle feeding
  • Not smoking – passive smoking is a risk factor.

Treating the infection
Mild infections clear up by themselves in a matter of hours. Over-the-counter painkillers can help the child feel more comfortable. In more severe cases, antibiotics might be needed. Ear drops may also be recommended by your doctor. The symptoms
Four out of five children will get a middle ear infection at least once. Some of the symptoms of middle ear infection include:

  • Earache
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Discharge from the ear
  • Mild deafness
  • Difficulties in sleeping
  • Loss of appetite.

Hearing loss
Sound doesn’t travel well through fluid, so a child with an ear infection may have hearing difficulties. To them, normal speech will sound like a whisper. This only lasts as long as the infection, with no link to any permanent hearing loss. However, constant middle ear infections might delay a young child’s speech development simply because they can’t hear very well.

Common after a cold
Middle ear infections are caused by either bacteria or viruses and can be triggered by a cold. Babies and young children are more likely to develop middle ear infections because they are still building up their immunity. Once a child reaches the age of around six, infections are less common because the tube connecting the nose to the ear, called the eustachian tube, is mature.

Some precautions
You can reduce the risk by:

  • Limiting day care – exposure to other children increases a baby’s odds of catching a cold
  • Breastfeeding – offers better immunity than bottle feeding
  • Not smoking – passive smoking is a risk factor.

Treating the infection
Mild infections clear up by themselves in a matter of hours. Over-the-counter painkillers can help the child feel more comfortable. In more severe cases, antibiotics might be needed. Ear drops may also be recommended by your doctor.

One thought on “Ear Infection

  1. Child check up must be done regularly. This is to ensure of their health condition. Parents must make it a practice to bring their children to their Doctor.

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