does a child with Otitis Media present?
Media is often difficult to detect in children as they may be unable
to tell what is bothering them. Common
features of Otitis Media include:
of ear blockage or pressure
pulling or scratching one or both ears
to quiet sounds
too close to the television
the television or radio louder than usual
or loss of balance
the other hand, there may be no symptoms at all. At times, middle
ear fluid may be discovered incidentally during a routine check-up.
does a childs physician diagnose Otitis Media?
infections require immediate attention by a pediatrician, primary
or an otolaryngologist (ear, nose and throat
In addition, evaluation by an audiologist
and a speech-language pathologist
is important if a child
has repeated episodes of infection and/or chronic fluid in the middle
otitis media is suspected, the childs ears are examined with
an instrument called as otoscope
to check for redness or
fluid behind the eardrum. Another procedure called the Pneumatic
may be performed to check for middle ear fluid. During
this procedure a puff of air is blown into the ear and movement
of the eardrum is observed. An eardrum with fluid behind it does
not move as well as an eardrum with air behind it. An audiogram
or hearing test is performed to measure the degree of hearing loss.
measures eardrum motion and the middle ear pressure to determine
how well the Eustachian tube is functioning.
from the ear discharge may be taken to determine
the infecting germ and to decide appropriate antibiotic.
certain situations (where infection to the brain is suspected),
a CT Scan
of the head may be helpful to determine if the
infection has spread beyond the middle ear.
updated on 23-02-2001