are the risk factors for developing Otitis Media?
greatest risk factor for Otitis Media is Eustachian Tube blockage
due to an upper respiratory illness such as common cold, flu,
throat or sinus infection.
risk factors include:
are the effects of Otitis Media?
Infants and young children are more prone as discussed earlier.
Also, the younger a child is at the time of the first ear infection,
the greater the chance he or she will have repeated infections.
to ear infections as discussed earlier.
Babies, who are bottle-fed, especially while they are lying
down, are more susceptible to ear infections than breast-fed
babies. Also, breast milk provides immunity
Often lead to ear infections by causing swelling of the Eustachian
Children inhaling tobacco smoke have a higher risk of developing
health problems, including ear infections.
Status. Children from
low socioeconomic groups have a higher incidence than those
living in wealthier communities.
Boys are more apt to have infections than girls.
Media causes severe earache, but may result in serious complications
if not treated. An untreated infection can travel from the middle
ear to the nearby parts of the head, including the brain. Persistent
fluid in the middle ear hampers the movement of the eardrum and
the three middle ear bones resulting in mild to moderate hearing
Although this hearing loss is usually temporary,
untreated otitis media may lead to permanent hearing impairment.
In a child learning to talk, it can lead to speech and language
What are the possible complications from untreated Otitis Media?
very rare, complications from untreated middle ear infections
an infection of the inner ear that causes dizziness and imbalance
an infection of the skull behind the ear
an infection of the membranes around the brain and spinal cord
scarring or thickening of the eardrum
Last updated on 23-02-2001