Natural Ways To Prevent Earaches In Children

If you have small children, you are most likely familiar with the earache. Children are very prone to this condition, more so than adults. The main reason for this is because youngster’s Eustachian tubes are narrower and more horizontal than an adult. There are many reasons why kids suffer from reoccurring ear infection and this article is going to provide you with some very good resources that will help you and your child stay healthy, and free of earaches.


Etiology

 

Ear infections are almost always linked to colds, influenzas, and allergies. It is also not uncommon for children to complain of an earache, after swimming. The nasal passages are situated in front of the Eustachian tubes, which extends from the back of the throat to the middle ear. The Eustachian tubes play a very strong role in regulating pressure in the middle ear, while also providing a draining system for secretions.

When your child gets a runny nose, the mucus will run down the nasal passages. Overtime the congestion will become so severe that it will block the Eustachian tubes and cause fluids to accumulate in the middle ear, until a bacterium begins to form. Bingo! Your child now has an ear infection. Acute otitis media is the most common type and is characterized by fluid buildup, which becomes trapped behind the eardrum.

Other common causes include foreign objects in ear canal, earwax blockage, dental abscess, and eczema buildup in the ear canal.

 

Signs

 

There are several common signs of an ear infection, which may range from mild to severe. They may be a little fussy, due to the pain that is associated with this condition.

Problems with mobility and balance

Ear drainage

Difficulty hearing

Pulling and tugging on ear

Insomnia due to pain

Fever

 

Preventions

 

Ear infections can be linked to bottle feeding and that is why it is important that you keep your baby in at a 45 degree angle (upright) position, during feedings. This will prevent the formula from flowing back into the middle ear.

Keeping the inner and middle ear drum dry, during swim and bath time is very important. You can do this by using wax ear plugs or Vaseline dipped cotton balls. Try to dry the ears, after water playtime, as well.

Never smoke in the same room as your child. Make it a habit to go outside and enjoy your tobacco, because secondhand smoke can potentially cause ear infections, in small children and infants.

Encourage children from sticking small items in their ears.

Avoid allergens if you suspect your child has moderate to severe allergies, it may be a good idea to follow-up with an ear, nose, and throat specialist or an allergy, asthma, and sinus doctor. There are several different types of allergy tests that can be done to detect the allergens that are affecting your child.