The next morning he woke up and he had the nastiest ear! It had mucus coming out of it & wouldn't let us touch it to clean it. We took him in to Dr Mckenna, his ear drum had ruptered. The other side was ready to do the same any minute. So we got some antibiotics & ear drops to clear it up hopefully. He's so good to sit still & let us clean them & put the drops in so it must feel good to do because he doesn't sit still for anything! This morning his other side burst...poor kid! I feel so bad!
he Eustachian tube runs from the middle of each ear to the back of the throat. This tube drains fluid normally made in the middle ear. If the Eustachian tube becomes blocked, fluid can build up. This can lead to infection.
Ear infections are common in infants and children, because the Eustachian tubes become easily clogged.
Anything that causes the eustachian tubes to become swollen or blocked causes more fluids to build up in the middle ear behind the eardrum. These causes include:
•Colds and sinus infections
•Excess mucus and saliva produced during teething
•Infected or overgrown adenoids
•Tobacco smoke or other irritants
Acute ear infections occur most often in the winter. You cannot catch an ear infection from someone else, but a cold may spread among children and cause some of them to get ear infections.
You can reduce your child's risk of ear infections with the following practices:
•Wash hands and toys frequently.
•If possible, choose a daycare that has a class with 6 or fewer children. This can reduce your child's chances of getting a cold or similar infection, and leads to fewer ear infections.
•Breastfeed -- this makes a child much less prone to ear infections. But, if bottle feeding, hold your infant in an upright, seated position.
•Do not expose your child to secondhand smoke.
•Make sure your child's immunizations are up-to-date. The pneumococcal vaccine prevents infections from the bacteria that most commonly causes acute ear infections and many respiratory infections.
•Avoid overusing antibiotics. Overusing antibiotics can lead to antibiotic resistance.
We have tried all of these...& i don't think it makes a difference. Stupid ear infections!