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ASK THE EXPERTS Does my toddler need ear tubes? Excludingg tthe common cold, ear infections are one of the most frequuent illnesses affecting young children. About 60 percentt oof infants will experience at least one ear infectionn bby age 1, and up to 80 percent will have one by the time thhey turn 3. several types of ear infections. External ear There are se infections, typically known as swimmer’s ear, are caused by an infection of the ear canal itself. There are also middle ear infections which are infections caused either by a bacteria or a virus behind the tympanic membrane. Antibiotics are only effective in bacterial ear infections. Children tend to get more ear infections because their Eustachian tubes are shorter and more horizontal, preventing the fluid in the middle ear from draining as easily as in adults. As the child grows, the Eustachian tube grows bigger and ear infections become less frequent. Occasionally, if a child suffers an excessive amount of ear infections, an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist will place a tube into the tympanic membrane to help drain the fluid until the Eustachian tube grows on its own. Since ear infections can be both bacterial and viral, and because it is difficult to know the difference, we recommend that if the child has ear pain and fever they should be evaluated by a medical professional. If a child is older than 3 months and has no fever, then you can typically monitor at home. Ibuprofen or Tylenol can be used for pain for children over 6 months, and warm compresses may also help. Melissa Knudson-Johnson, M.D. Pediatrician, Internal Medicine Mesa Primary Care Looking for a pediatrician? Dr. Knudson is a pediatrician and internal medicine specialist seeing patients of all ages at Mesa Primary Care. Call for an appointment today. (307) 234-6765

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